Girl with Cherries

Artist: Attributed to Marco d'Oggiono (Italian, Milan ca. 1467–1524 Milan)

Date: ca. 1491–95

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (48.9 x 37.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890

Accession Number: 91.26.5


This intriguing picture is by a Milanese painter closely associated with Leonardo da Vinci, whose work inspired the delicate modeling, the careful study of the positions of the hands, and the enigmatic smile. However, its precise attribution is disputed, as is its meaning. The richly dressed sitter is crowned with a wreath of ground ivy, and this, together with the cherries, may allude to marriage but equally suggests a connection with humanists and literary circles. The picture thus combines elements of portraiture and allegory and also sets the stage for genre painting.