Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci by Sandro Botticelli

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci by Sandro Botticelli

The painting of the artist Sandro Botticelli is the conventional name “Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci” or “Portrait of a Young Woman”. The size of the picture is 47.5 x 35 cm. The identification of the picture is controversial, but it is ascertained that the work was done in the Botticelli workshop. Simonetta Vespucci – a wonderful beauty, which was worshiped all of Florence.

The pure gentle contour of the face and figure of the young woman gives the image a loftiness. The woman’s face is thoughtful and somewhat sad, the gaze of bright eyes is directed forward and at the same time is turned inward, attention is concentrated on inner life. The Vespucci family was one of the most noble and wealthy in Florence, many representatives of the Vespucci clan were close to the new culture, were interested in new discoveries and ideas. From this name there was a discoverer of the New World of Amerigo Vespucci, to her belonged in the marriage of the Genoese Simonetta Cattaneo, known as the “beautiful Simonetta”.

With Simonetta, incidentally, one of the earliest explanations for the emergence of the painting “Venus and Mars” in a romantic spirit is connected. It was believed that in the painting the artist Sandro Botticelli introduced Simonetto Vespucci and Giuliano de ‘Medici, in love with her, based on the “Stansas for the tournament” Poliziano. However, for Quatrocento was impossible plot, uniting a married lady and her platonic admirer in a similar situation.

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci by Sandro Botticelli
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