Portrait of Ginevra d’Este, Antonio Pisanello

Portrait of Ginevra d’Este, AntonioPisanello
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    • Posted by Antonio Pisanello
    • Museum: Louvre
    • Year: 1435-1449

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Ginevra d’Este – Antonio Pisanello. 1435-1449. Wood, tempera. 43×30
“Portrait of Ginevra d’Este” (“Portrait of the Princess”) is a work of the Italian painter early quatrocento Antonio Pisanello (1395-1455). The princess’s profile resembles minted images created on commemorative medals.

Some researchers suggested that the depicted is not Ginevro d’Este, but another representative of this house, nee Gonzago. However, it is now believed that the portrait still belongs to Ginevre.

The girl is captured against the background of flowers. For a modern viewer, they mean no more than just a picturesque “natural” background, but they could tell the artist’s contemporaries a lot. Each flower has its own symbolic meaning and denotes a certain phenomenon. The works included by the painter in the “context”, these flowers carry a secret meaning, revealing the history of the princess’s life. Ginevra d’Este was killed by her husband for not being able to have children. The flowers of cloves and the bells of the catchment symbolize matrimony and fertility, but the catchment (acvilgia) has a different meaning – death. The fireman’s twig pin pin pin pin pin pin also speaks of death.