Correggio

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady
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Author: Correggio
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 103x87.5 cm
Origin: Italy, Circa 1518

Antonio Allegri, called Correggio, was a renowned master of fresco painting and altar pictures depicting the Madonna and saints. He rarely turned to portraiture. This canvas signed by the artist ranks among the best works in the Hermitage collection of Italian paintings.

The unknown lady is depicted under a laurel that is a symbol of poetry and hints at her poetic talents. The strict composition and the noble combination of white, brown, dark green and blue colours emphasize the cold beauty of the face. The sitter is shown wearing a mourning dress. Her brown robe and belt evidence that she belongs to the Franciscan Order. On the chalice there is a Greek inscription, a quotation from Homer's Odyssey, recalling the moment when Helen is giving a bowl of wine to Telemachus with a drink which brings forgetfulness and drowns sorrow. The tree-trunk wound around with ivy symbolizes faithfulness and eternal love.

According to one version, the woman in the painting is the poetess Ginevra Rangone, widow of Giangaleazzo da Correggio. To the other version, she is Veronica Gambara , widow of Giberto, governor of Correggio, who died in 1518.

Style: Renaissance
Source of entry: Yusupov Palace Museum, Leningrad, 1925
School: Parma

See also

Antonio da Correggio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Antonio Allegri da Correggio (August 1489 – March 5, 1534) was the foremost painter of the Parma school of the Italian Renaissance, who was responsible for ...
Correggio - Olga's Gallery
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WebMuseum: Correggio
Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (c. 1489-1534). Italian painter, named after the small town in Emilia where he was born. Little is known of his life, ...
CORREGGIO
CORREGGIO. Italian painter, Parma school (b. ca. 1490, Correggio, d. 1534, Correggio). Preview, Picture Data, File Info, Comment. The Adoration of the Magi ...

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