100 Days of Art History Jinjins


Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga

This is a portrait by famous Renaissance artist Raphael. I love this lady's scorpion crown and the world weary expression on her face. I also found her dress surprisingly modern. She's got a timelessness to her. Raphael is mainly known for painting sweet Madonnas, and I found this a nice departure from that.

Elisabetta Gonzaga seems to have been a nice, refined, cultured lady whose court attracted writers, artists, and scholars. Seems like a good subject for a portrait.

Toward the end of the project, I redid old entries to compare progress and give the original artworks their proper due. You can see my redo of this Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga at entry 92.

Reference image from Wikipedia. It is now in the Uffizi.

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