An imaginary portrait of an Italian Renaissance heroine, possibly a member of the Gonzaga family, the great dynasty which dominated the Italian city of Mantua in the 15th-17th centuries.


  • Title: Leonora of Mantua
  • Creator: Valentine Cameron Prinsep
  • Date Created: 1873
  • tag / style: Portraiture; Pre-Raphaelite; Valentine Cameron Prinsep; fan; peacock feathers; ewer; Mantua; Leonora of Mantua; Renaissance; Gonzaga; opulent; dress; necklace; flowers; bowl; jewellery box
  • Physical Dimensions: w1240 x h1677 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Prinsep, who was in Italy in the 1860s, was inspired by Venetian art with its love of rich colours and warm light. He was also an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites, and this picture has strong similarities with Rossetti’s sensuous, dream-like portraits of opulent women.
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery's 19th-century collection, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Presented by Philip H Rathbone and George Holt in 1875

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