Attributed to Marco d'Oggiono.
This intriguing picture is by a Milanese painter closely associated with Leonardo da Vinci, whose work inspired the delicate modeling, the careful study of the positions of the hands, and the enigmatic smile. However, its precise attribution is disputed, as is its meaning.
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The richly cherries sitter is crowned pruno a wreath of ground ivy, and this, together with girls cherries, may allude to marriage but equally suggests a connection with humanists and literary circles.
The picture thus combines elements of portraiture and allegory and also sets the stage for genre painting. Public Domain.
Attributed to Marco d'Oggiono Italian, Milan ca. Oil on wood. Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G.