Portrait of Isabella d’Este (1499) by Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait of Isabella d'Este - Leonardo da Vinci - 1500

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Isabella d'Este
ArtistLeonardo da Vinci
Dimensions63 x 46 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
Location Created Italy

About Portrait of Isabella d'Este

The artwork titled “Portrait of Isabella d’Este” was created by the illustrious artist Leonardo da Vinci in the year 1500. Crafted with chalk on paper, this masterful piece is a prime example of the High Renaissance art movement. The portrait measures 63 x 46 cm and currently resides at the Louvre in Paris, France. The genesis of this piece can be traced back to Italy, where da Vinci encapsulated the essence of his subject in this genre-defining portrait.

In the artwork, Isabella d’Este is depicted in profile, which was a common convention for portraiture during the Renaissance period. Her gaze is directed to the left as if looking into the distance, suggesting a reflective or contemplative state. The skillful rendering of her features with delicate lines captures a serene expression, while the subtle shading and intricate detailing portray the elegant attire and refined hairstyle, indicative of her social status. The chiaroscuro technique, a hallmark of da Vinci’s style, can be seen in the masterful gradations of light and shadow that give the portrait a three-dimensional quality. Despite the passage of time, which is evident in the stained and aged condition of the paper, the drawing remains a compelling testament to Leonardo’s unparalleled skill as an artist and observer of human character.

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