Portrait of a girl with a book of poems by Petrarch, Andrea del Sarto, 1528

Portrait of a girl with a book of poems by Petrarch, Andrea del Sarto, 1528
Portrait of a girl with a book of poems by Petrarch, Andrea del Sarto, 1528 - 1

  • Posted by Andrea del Sarto
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1528

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of a girl with a book of poems by Petrarch – Andrea del Sarto. 1528. Wood, tempera. 87×69
   The greatness of the picture and the lyrical, warm-minded portrait of the girl – these are two poles in the work of Andrea del Sarto (1486-1531), a Florentine artist of the High Renaissance. However, warmth and home are also present in this portrait because the master painted the daughter of his beloved wife Lucretia from his first marriage – the stepdaughter Maria, who was raised as a native.

   With a chitrin looking at the viewer, the girl holds in her hands a tomik of Petrarch’s love sonnets. She first touches the secrets of feelings that excite and attract her, the heroine wants to conceal her discovery and cannot do this by awkwardly pointing her finger at the lines that she reads. All this is so accurately captured by the artist that the usual seemingly plot with a girl in love, involuntarily hinting at her elevated internal state, causes the viewer a warm and reverent mood. Few reached such a depth in the disclosure of the inner world of a young creature in the time of Andrea del Sarto.