Girl with Cherries

Attributed to Marco d'Oggiono Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 610

Painted by Marco d’Oggiono, a close associate of Leonardo da Vinci’s in Milan, this picture combines elements of portraiture and allegory. The richly dressed female wearing an inscrutable smile is crowned with ivy and holds a bowl of cherries. The meaning is enigmatic: it may allude to marriage (ivy symbolized marital fidelity) but also suggests a connection with sophisticated literary circles. D’Oggiono built a successful career, first by working in Leonardo’s style and making copies after his paintings, later breaking away and crafting his own artistic identity.

Girl with Cherries, Attributed to Marco d'Oggiono (Italian, Milan ca. 1467–1524 Milan), Oil on wood

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