Portrait of Isabella d’Este
Period: High Renaissance
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)