Isabella de Medici (1542-1576)
  • Isabella de Medici (1542-1576)

    TitleIsabella de Medici (1542-1576)
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on wood
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 44 x 36 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 70 x 62 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1552 - 1553
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Agnolo Bronzino, Italian, born 1503, dead 1572. Attributed to
  • Depicted PersonIsabella de' Medici, Italian, born 1542, dead 1576
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 37
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1622 16th century
  • Collection Italian Paintings - Three Centuries of Collecting
  • Description
    Catalogue entry
    Images and media

    This portrait shows Princess Isabella de’ Medici on her engagement, at the age of eleven, to Paolo Giordano Orsini. They were married in 1558. She received a classical humanist education, which was only available to women from the highest echelons of society. The dark background brings out her pale complexion, expressive eyes and fine features. The cornucopia earrings are a reference to fertility.