Portrait Art, La Belle Ferroniere, Leonardo da Vinci, Antique Mezzotint Print, 1900 (Sold)
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) (after)
S. Arlent Edwards (engraver)
La Belle Ferroniere
London: c. 1900
Color-printed mezzotint, finished by hand
Signed and inscribed by engraver in pencil lower margin
20 x 16.5 inches, overall
14.75 x 12.25 inches, image
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Mezzotint engraving of a portrait painting in the Louvre by Leonardo Da Vinci. Some scholars think she is Lucrezia Crivelli, mistress of Duke Ludovico Sforza; another, less accepted, view is that this painting is Isabella of Aragon. Done around 1495, this painting takes its name from the ferroniere the sitter wears around her brow, a common Lombard fashion. In the 19th century, this work was much admired and widely copied.