Maria Portinari by Hans Memling, 1470

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    I wrote a thesis on early Renaissance portraiture of women and Maria Portinari (maiden name Baroncelli) was my main subject. This is her wedding portrait - I'll upload her husband later, but if you Google Tomasso Portinari then you'll see him. They were married when he was nearly 40 and she was only 14. Poor thing! She seems to be smiling slightly here, though, so maybe her lot wasn't so bad after all!
    Her dress is typical of the Burgundian court of the 1470s. She and her husband were Florentine but were representatives of Medici banking interests in Belgium.
    She may look eerie, but I think she's really beautiful. Memling certainly had a way with light - glorious!

    John McNab, robinart, sukey2, and 68 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Jiffy Cat 92 months ago | reply

      Only the two of us can understand this then....hahahaha

    2. jmc4 - Church Explorer 91 months ago | reply

      I absolutely love the necklace

    3. lisabelle3 91 months ago | reply

      beautifull ! And good subject;

    4. ElissaSCA 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Medieval NYC, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. lafleurerouge 89 months ago | reply

      This photo took my BREATH away


    6. FotoGuy 49057 89 months ago | reply

      I marvel at your collection of beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    7. rosewithoutathorn84 89 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I love this painting, it's one of the most beautiful of my favorites.

    8. lapietra 87 months ago | reply

      Thank you for introducing me to this lady - there is *certainly* a great deal going on in her face!

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    9. jason c. arnold 86 months ago | reply

      wow! this is good!

    10. JoetheLion 83 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Early Netherlandish Painting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. jacobea 82 months ago | reply

      For a medieval portrait, the complexion looks really realistic!

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    13. Nan's Creative Advetures 80 months ago | reply

      Verry pretty and a new Renaissance portrait for me to admire.
      I wish there was a way to add friends here, but at least I've bookmarked this picture as a favorite. I've just started on my uploads.


    14. davidlasky 79 months ago | reply

      This is one of my favorite paintings of all time.

    15. CorbinDallas 71 months ago | reply

      Exquisite painting of a beautiful woman! She is also in the Portinari altarpiece in the Uffizi Museum in Florence.
      Didn't Tomasso bankrupt the Medici branch he was in charge of?

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    17. PINOY PHOTOGRAPHER 66 months ago | reply

      This is picture perfect!

      Please tag this with "Picturesque"

    18. The Lady of Shalot 66 months ago | reply

      This is picture perfect!

      Please tag this with "Picturesque"

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