Female Bust, Ideal Portrait of Laura (?)

ca. 1490 (?), Artist: Francesco Laurana



Female Bust, Ideal Portrait of Laura (?)

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXIV

Object data

Object Name

portrait head; bust


Milan (?)


ca. 1490 (?)


Francesco Laurana (um 1430 Vrana bei Zara - 1502 Avignon) - GND


Marble, partially painted wax


44 cm × 42,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 3405

3D Modell, Christian Mendez

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