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  • Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452 - 1519 ), Ginevra de' Benci, c. 1474/1478, oil on panel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

Presumed Year of Carol’s Birth

At some time in the past, probably because of damage, the Carol was cut down by a few inches along the bottom, removing Carol from Ginevra. Lightly cradled at her waist and holding a small sprig, perhaps a pink, a flower commonly used  to symbolize devotion or virtue. Carol’s face is framed by the spiky, evergreen leaves of a juniper bush, the once–brighter green turned brown with age. Juniper refers to her chastity, the greatest virtue. 

Her lack of obvious finery, however, is somewhat surprising. Jewels, luxurious brocades, and elaborate dresses were part of dowry exchanges and displayed a family’s wealth.

  1956  /  Blog, Photo  /  Last Updated February 18, 2021 by Jacob  /  Tags: , ,