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La Belle Ferronnière

Lucrezia Crivelli, mistress of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, was a famous beauty immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci’s Louvre portrait of the 1490s. She seems older here, where she is shown in a back view facing right and turning to look out at the…

Louis XIII, King of France

Louis XIII reigned from 1601-1643, but wasn't crowned until 1610. In the bust-length medallion he looks out at the viewer directly and wears a lace collar with a sash across his chest. The medallion is inscribed “Louis XIII Roi de France.”

Titus Vespasian

In this profile portrait, head facing right, Titus Flavius Vespasianus (Titus, son of the emperor Vespasian, who had the same name, ruled from 79-81 CE) wears a victor’s laurel wreath. The Roman numeral XI refers to the order of the Twelve Caesars…

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar ruled as dictator of Rome from 49–45 BCE. He wears a victor’s laurel wreath and cuirass. He is the first of Twelve Caesars, made famous in Suetonius’ Lives of the Twelve Caesars. The theme was of great popularity in sixteenth…

Henry VIII, King of England

Henry VII, King of England (1491-1547) is depicted in profile facing left. The medallion is inscribed “Hen[r]icus” (sic, omitting a superscript r) “IIX” (10 minus 2 = 8) “Angliae Rex” across the bottom.

François I, King of France

François I, King of France (1494-1547), is shown in a profile portrait bust facing left. The medallion is inscribed along the curve of the inner gold oval frame "François Ier."

Portrait of a Woman

This elegantly dressed woman wears a white coif with enveloping transparent veil, and a high stiff lace collar in 16th-century style with gold tassel ties. A wide white cloth covers her shoulders. She is fingering a crucifix on a long strand of…

View of Vienne

Here we have a bird’s eye view of the town on the Rhone river in France with fields and a high promontory in the foreground. Small letters on various buildings, gates, chateaux, churches, and sections of town correspond to a detailed list of…

The Death of Adonis

Waterloo was a north French painter and etcher active in Utrecht and elsewhere in the northern Netherlands. His oeuvre consists of landscapes often with figures. One-hundred and thirty-six etchings are extant, done in an original technique combining…

Woman in a Red Dress

The eponymous artist is identified on a brass plaque on the shadow box frame (which is not original). The name does not appear in Thieme-Becker’s Kunstler Lexikon and may be the creation of an art dealer. In which case, it may simply mean this is a…