Portrait of Simona Vespucci


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“ Portrait of Simona Vespucci”, Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480-85, tempera on poplar,  82x54cm,  Gemaldegalerie Stadelsches Kunstinstitut,

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is known for the fiery red hair of the women he portrayed in his most famous works. This portrait, in which the subject is shown as a nymph, was ascribed to another painter until the 1990s, when it was proven that it was the work of Botticelli himself. It is one of the largest of Renaissance portraits and master’s touch can be seen in the intricate detail of the dress and the deft positioning of the subject, turned slightly to the right (notice her eyelashes). Simona Vespucci was a young noblewoman of Florence who was the subject of numerous painters of the time.