Portrait of Isabella d’EsteArtist: Titian💖💖💖💖Created: 1536

Portrait of Isabella d’Este

Artist: Titian💖💖💖💖

Created: 1536

Period: High Renaissance

Genre: Portrait

Portrait of Isabella d’Este is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Italian painter Titian created between 1534 and 1536.It likely shows the Marquess of Mantua, Isabella d’Este (1474–1539), daughter of Ercole I d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, and Eleanor of Naples with an ermine zibellino draped over her shoulder. Although shown here as a young woman, Isabella was around 62 by the time the work was painted.She was socially ambitious and seems to have been aware of the effect paintings by renowned artists might have on her reputation and prestige – she commissioned other portraits by Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea Mantegna. Isabella in Black is today in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

It is one of two portraits Titian painted of her; Isabella in Red (or Aged Isabella) of 1529 is known only through a Peter Paul Rubens copy. It showed a more aged and matronly Isabella, but she was so displeased with the picture that she asked for a second idealised portrait, showing how she thought she looked forty years earlier. Art historian Lionel Cust mentions that Isabella’s fame and renown was not due to “beauty, but to intellect and character”. Fred Kleiner wrote that the work is a “distinctive portrayal of his poised and self-assured patron that owes little to its model”.

From Wikipedia  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_d%27Este?wprov=sfla1)

Isabella d’Este (19 May 1474 – 13 February 1539) was Marchesa of Mantua and one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance as a major cultural and political figure. She was a patron of the arts as well as a leader of fashion, whose innovative style of dressing was copied by women throughout Italy and at the French court. The poet Ariosto labeled her as the “liberal and magnanimous Isabella”,[1] while author Matteo Bandello described her as having been “supreme among women”.[2] DiplomatNiccolò da Correggio went even further by hailing her as “The First Lady of the world”.[2]

Quick facts: Spouse(s), Noble family …

She served as the regent of Mantua during the absence of her husband, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua and the minority of her son, Federico, Duke of Mantua. In 1500 she met KingLouis XII of France in Milan on a diplomatic mission to persuade him not to send his troops against Mantua.

She was a prolific letter-writer, and maintained a lifelong correspondence with her sister-in-law Elisabetta GonzagaLucrezia Borgia was another sister-in-law; she later became the mistress of Isabella’s husband.

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