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  1. TERZIO, Francesco (1523-1591)
Archduchess Barbara
1565 Oil on canvas Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

    TERZIO, Francesco (1523-1591)

    Archduchess Barbara

    1565
    Oil on canvas
    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

  2. ARCIMBOLDO, Giuseppe (1526-1593)
Maximilian II, His Wife and Three Children
1563 Oil on canvas, 240 x 188 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Portrayed next to Archduke Maximilian II is his wife Maria of Spain and three of their children. In front is the oldest daughter, Anna, the later wife of Philip II of Spain, behind are the sons Rudolf, later Emperor Rudolf II and in the cradle Archduke Ernst.

    ARCIMBOLDO, Giuseppe (1526-1593)

    Maximilian II, His Wife and Three Children

    1563
    Oil on canvas, 240 x 188 cm
    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

    Portrayed next to Archduke Maximilian II is his wife Maria of Spain and three of their children. In front is the oldest daughter, Anna, the later wife of Philip II of Spain, behind are the sons Rudolf, later Emperor Rudolf II and in the cradle Archduke Ernst.

  3. VERONESE, Paolo (1528-1588)
Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani)
c. 1560 Oil on canvas, 119 x 103 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris

    VERONESE, Paolo (1528-1588)

    Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani)

    c. 1560
    Oil on canvas, 119 x 103 cm
    Musée du Louvre, Paris

  4. ANGUISSOLA, Sofonisba (1530-1625)
Portrait of the Artist’s Sisters Playing Chess
1555 Oil on canvas, 72 x 97 cm Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan

    ANGUISSOLA, Sofonisba (1530-1625)

    Portrait of the Artist’s Sisters Playing Chess

    1555
    Oil on canvas, 72 x 97 cm
    Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan

  5. BORDONE, Paris (1500-1571)
Portrait of a Woman
1550s Oil on canvas, 107 x 83 cm Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The rich red silk is alive in every crease, while the smooth bodice undoubtedly restrained only by a hinged iron cage, invented about this time.

    BORDONE, Paris (1500-1571)

    Portrait of a Woman

    1550s
    Oil on canvas, 107 x 83 cm
    Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

    The rich red silk is alive in every crease, while the smooth bodice undoubtedly restrained only by a hinged iron cage, invented about this time.

  6. BORDONE, Paris (1500-1571)
Young Woman at Her Toilet
c. 1550 Oil on canvas, 102 x 81 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

    BORDONE, Paris (1500-1571)

    Young Woman at Her Toilet

    c. 1550
    Oil on canvas, 102 x 81 cm
    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

  7. TIZIANO Vecellio (1490-1576)
Eleonora Gonzaga
c. 1538 Oil on canvas, 114 x 102 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

[…]Eleonora Gonzaga sits primly in her chair, immobile within her highly detailed but much less lovingly depicted court dress. Her pet dog lies bored on a table in front of a window.

    TIZIANO Vecellio (1490-1576)

    Eleonora Gonzaga

    c. 1538
    Oil on canvas, 114 x 102 cm
    Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

    […]Eleonora Gonzaga sits primly in her chair, immobile within her highly detailed but much less lovingly depicted court dress. Her pet dog lies bored on a table in front of a window.

  8. PARMIGIANINO (1503-1540)
Portrait of a Young Lady
c. 1535 Oil on canvas, 139 x 88 cm Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

The lady is dressed in elegant clothes, with a yellow dress made of atlas silk. The top is patterned with lozenges, while from the hips down she is wearing a narrow white apron. Over her right shoulder, which curiously is far too broad, she is wearing a pine-marten fur stole complete with head.

    PARMIGIANINO (1503-1540)

    Portrait of a Young Lady

    c. 1535
    Oil on canvas, 139 x 88 cm
    Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

    The lady is dressed in elegant clothes, with a yellow dress made of atlas silk. The top is patterned with lozenges, while from the hips down she is wearing a narrow white apron. Over her right shoulder, which curiously is far too broad, she is wearing a pine-marten fur stole complete with head.

  9. BACCHIACCA (1494-1557)
Woman with a Cat
1540s Oil on poplar, 26 x 19 cm Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This casual small picture of a woman holding a cat shows the Renaissance fondness for exotic pets; women were also depicted with squirrels and rabbits close to hand.

    BACCHIACCA (1494-1557)

    Woman with a Cat

    1540s
    Oil on poplar, 26 x 19 cm
    Staatliche Museen, Berlin

    This casual small picture of a woman holding a cat shows the Renaissance fondness for exotic pets; women were also depicted with squirrels and rabbits close to hand.

  10. PONTORMO, Jacopo (1494-1557)
Portrait of a Lady in Red
1530s Oil on wood, 90 x 71 cm Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

    PONTORMO, Jacopo (1494-1557)

    Portrait of a Lady in Red

    1530s
    Oil on wood, 90 x 71 cm
    Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

  11. FOSCHI, Pierfrancesco di Jacopo (1502-1567)
Portrait of a Lady
1530-35 Oil on panel, 101 x 79 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

    FOSCHI, Pierfrancesco di Jacopo (1502-1567)

    Portrait of a Lady

    1530-35
    Oil on panel, 101 x 79 cm
    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

  12. LOTTO, Lorenzo (1480-1556)
Portrait of Laura da Pola
1544 Oil on canvas, 90 x 75 cm Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Rather than painting monarchs and prelates, as did Titian, Lotto portrayed the local nobility, fixing their traits with an acute eye. There is no rhetorical decorative detail but only the existential truth of the subject.

    LOTTO, Lorenzo (1480-1556)

    Portrait of Laura da Pola

    1544
    Oil on canvas, 90 x 75 cm
    Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

    Rather than painting monarchs and prelates, as did Titian, Lotto portrayed the local nobility, fixing their traits with an acute eye. There is no rhetorical decorative detail but only the existential truth of the subject.

  13. LOTTO, Lorenzo (1480-1556)
Portrait of a Lady as Lucretia
1530-32 Oil on canvas, 96 x 111 cm National Gallery, London

According to Roman legend, Lucretia, who was the wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, was raped by the son of the Roman king - a dishonour which subsequently resulted in her suicide. The event is supposed to have precipitated the collapse of the Etruscan royal line and thus to have led to the founding of the Roman Republic.In the 16th and 17th century Lucretia was frequently portrayed as a symbol of purity.

    LOTTO, Lorenzo (1480-1556)

    Portrait of a Lady as Lucretia

    1530-32
    Oil on canvas, 96 x 111 cm
    National Gallery, London

    According to Roman legend, Lucretia, who was the wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, was raped by the son of the Roman king - a dishonour which subsequently resulted in her suicide. The event is supposed to have precipitated the collapse of the Etruscan royal line and thus to have led to the founding of the Roman Republic.
    In the 16th and 17th century Lucretia was frequently portrayed as a symbol of purity.

  14. BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)
Laura Battiferri
1555-60 Oil on canvas, 83 x 60 cm Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
*Laura Battiferri was a famous Italian Renaissance poetess. She was the wife of Bartolomeo Ammanati the sculptor, and friends with the poet Torquato Tasso and the painter Bronzino.

    BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)

    Laura Battiferri

    1555-60
    Oil on canvas, 83 x 60 cm
    Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

    *Laura Battiferri was a famous Italian Renaissance poetess. She was the wife of Bartolomeo Ammanati the sculptor, and friends with the poet Torquato Tasso and the painter Bronzino.

  15. BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)
Portrait of a Lady
c. 1550 Oil on wood, 109 x 85 cm Galleria Sabauda, Turin

    BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)

    Portrait of a Lady

    c. 1550
    Oil on wood, 109 x 85 cm
    Galleria Sabauda, Turin

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