Francesco Laurana created a number of female busts whose strict stylization has exerted a puzzling attraction until today. Only on the Vienna bust are traces of the original polychromy preserved. Due to the great similarity of the bust with a surviving depiction of Laura, the legendary love of the famous scholar and poet Petrarch, it is possible that this is her likeness.
portrait head; bust
ca. 1490 (?)
Marble, partially painted wax
44 cm × 42,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer
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