Bust of a Woman, by Francesco Laurana. ⁠⁠ 🎨 One of the

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Bust of a Woman, by Francesco Laurana. ⁠⁠ 🎨 One of the scarce works by the Venetian artist, commissioned to produce a series of portrait busts of the Aragonese royal ladies. This sitter is thought to be of Ippolita Maria Sforza, member of the powerful condottieri family. The Sforza ruled the Duchy of Milan from about 1450-1535. In 1465, aged nineteen, Ippolita married Alfonso of Aragon, Duke of Calabria (1448-1495), eldest son of King Ferdinand I of Naples. Alfonso was a great supporter of artistic patronage in Naples and as homegrown artistic talent was not particularly prolific, there was a demand for established foreign talent; Francesco Laurana was one such artist brought in to work for the court. Laurana has carved the sitter's face with great sensitivity; the smooth features and calm expression are characteristic throughout all his portrait busts. ⁠⁠ 👨‍🎨 Francesco Laurana (Italian) was one of a group of Dalmatian artists who worked abroad at the foreign courts. Only rediscovered in the nineteenth-century, attempts to trace Laurana’s career and securely identifiable examples of his work have remained inconclusive, in part because of his scattered career and that many of his works have been lost. Laurana is first recorded working in Naples in 1453, and in France at the court of Rene of Anjou and Sicily duing the 1460s. He is most noted for his series of portrait busts of women which he executed while at the court of Naples in the 1470s.⁠⁠ 📐 Height: 47 cm (18.50 in). Marble, circa 1470.⁠⁠ 🏛 Frick Collection, New York.⁠⁠ @frickcollection ⁠⁠ What do you think about this? ⁠⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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