Description The identity of this richly dressed lady is unknown. The composition of the portrait, including the lady's faithful lap dog-probably a beloved pet but also a symbol of the importance of a wife's being faithful to her husband-is typical of Florentine conventions of the 16th century. The inscription in the upper right corner of the painting translates as: "By yourself you see her appearance; from her appearance you may infer her character." This saying is derived from a common Renaissance belief that an individual's soul is reflected in his or her physical appearance. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 226, pp. 342-343.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] In upper right: IPSE VIDES FORMA[M]: | DE FORMA CONIICE | MORES.; [Translation] In upper right: By yourself you see her appearance; from her appearance you may infer her character.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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