Portrait of a woman, known as "La belle ferronnière" - Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait of a woman, known as "La belle ferronnière" - Leonardo da Vinci

She is represented by three quarters, her head turned towards the spectator but her gaze fleeing from him. She wears a scuffia, a hat on the back of her head. A headband, a strip tied at the back of the head, adorned with a cameo or gemstone (a fashionable ornament in Lombardy) encircles her forehead.



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Museum :
Grand Palais
Dimensions :
76 x 56 cm
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Author :
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1518)

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, musician and humanist of his time (XV-XVI centuries), initiator of the second Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci is the very figure of the universal genius. After the completion of The Virgin with the Rocks, for the chapel San Francesco Grande, and that of the Equestrian Statue of Francesco Sforza, he found glory throughout Italy. The Last Supper, the ceiling of the Sforza Palace, the Mona Lisa and the Battle of Anghiari are a few of his great artworks. Leonardo also carried out a large amount of studies on zoology, botany, anatomy, geology. In 1516, he joined the court of Francis I, where he participated in urban planning projects. He is taken by an illness on May 2, 1519.