Description of the picture:
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci – Botticelli. Around 1480. Tempera on canvas. 47,5×35
The young beauty Simonetta from the Vespucci clan could not help but order a personal portrait from her great contemporary. The look is chaste, slightly narrow lips give the face inner restraint. A dark, unadorned room with a window in which only a clear sky is visible – a symbol of the girl’s marital status, she is obviously not yet married. The Vespucci family from Florence was notable and lived in abundance, from it came the explorer and conqueror of India (future America) Amerigo Vespucci.
But in the workshop of the great Sandro Botticelli, stamps and “duty” work were not accepted. The beauty of the fiery-haired girl (whom the master loves to portray) is emphasized by numerous details – elegant ribbons and pearls in a neatly braided pigtail. The woman’s face is calm, somewhat sad, expressive bright eyes are thoughtful and turned into the distance. The inner world of the model is hidden from strangers.
As you can see, the Lord did not deprive women of the Vespucci family with beauty and a natural mind.