TITLE: LEONARDO DA VINCI’S GINEVRA DE BENCI PORTRAIT.
DA VINCI’S AGE: 21
PATRON: Ginevra de’ Benci
She was an aristocrat.
PAINTING USED FOR: Portrait.
:Leonardo’s first known portrait painting!
The bottom of the painting, which contained Genevra’s arms and hands, was removed due to damage of the painting.
Leonardo was commissioned to commemorate Ginevra’s wedding to a person called Luigi Niccolini.
TYPE: Oils on Poplar wood
SIZE: 38.8 × 36.7 cm’s
The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA.
Leonardo placed Genevra in front of a juniper bush as in Italian, ‘juniper’ is a pun on her name, ‘Ginevra De Benci.’
The Juniper bush also symbolized chastity, an especially respected quality at the time.
Underside of the portrait.
Completely the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.