Isabella d‘Este, daughter of the Duke of Ferrara and Modena, married Franceso I Gonzaga, Margrave of Mantua in 1490. As one of the greatest female art patrons in history, she transformed the Mantuan court into a centre of the most eminent Renaissance scholars and artists. Isabella allowed Titian to paint her portrait twice in the 1530’s: at the real age of 60 – the picture is only preserved in a Rubens copy (Inv.-Nr. GG 1534) – and in the picture shown here, in which the subject is idealised as a much younger, elegant figure, and a fashion trend-setter.
Oil on canvas
links und rechts beschnitten: left and right cut: 102,4 cm x 64,7 cm x 2,5 cm
Framed: 126 cm x 87,5 cm x 9 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1627 Coll. Vincenzo Gonzaga, Mantua; 1628-1649 Coll. King Charles I of England; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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