Portrait of a woman showing the effigy of her deceased husband

Bernardino LicinoBetween 1525 and 1528

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

  Licino had an intense career as a portraitist, of which this work is a good
  example: it is devoid of any psychological examination and the analytical
  rendering of the garments and ornaments aims to represent the social status
  of the subject.
  singular iconography of this canvas can be interpreted as the portrait of a
  widow showing the effigy of her deceased husband, but nothing certain is
  known about the identity of the characters.


  • Title: Portrait of a woman showing the effigy of her deceased husband
  • Creator: Bernardino Licino
  • Date Created: Between 1525 and 1528
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 77,5 x 91,5 cm
  • Provenance: Malachia De Cristoforis inheritance 1876
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Movement: Renaissance
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Ritratto di donna che regge l’effigie del defunto
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Place: Venice
  • Artist Death Date: 1550 approx.
  • Artist Birth Place: Poscante di Bergamo
  • Artist Birth Date: 1485 approx.

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