Portrait of a Young Woman

Lorenzo di Credi (Lorenzo d'Andrea d'Oderigo) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

An inscription on the back of this painting, possibly dating to the 1500s, identifies the subject as "Ginevra d’Amerigo de Benci." The juniper bush (ginevro in old Italian) behind her could evoke her first name. The painting signals an important shift in Florentine portraits of women. Rather than appearing bust length and in strict profile, this sitter turns to the viewer, her hands visible, providing a greater sense of her inner psychology. The picture was likely inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait Ginevra de’ Benci in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Portrait of a Young Woman, Lorenzo di Credi (Lorenzo d'Andrea d'Oderigo) (Italian, Florence 1456/59–1536 Florence), Oil on wood

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