Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement

Fra Filippo Lippi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

In Italian painting, this is the earliest surviving double portrait, the first to show sitters in a domestic setting, and the first with a view onto a landscape. The woman is dressed in French-inspired attire and her sleeve is embroidered with letters spelling "lealta" (faithful), a clue that the man appearing in the window is possibly her betrothed. He holds the Scolari family’s coat of arms, evidence that the two figures may be Lorenzo di Ranieri Scolari and Angiola di Bernardo Sapiti, who married around 1436.

#5058. Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement

Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement, Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, Florence ca. 1406–1469 Spoleto), Tempera on wood

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