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Portrait of a Lady in Yellow (c. 1465)
Lady in Yellow

Portrait by Alesso Baldovinetti, 1465

The profile position for formal and nuptial portraits of the 15th century remained in fashion through the turn of the century.

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Portrait of a Lady (Botticelli c. 1470-75)
Unknown Lady

Her dress an example of the typical austere style of the 1450-1480. She appears to be pregnant.

Portrait by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1470

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Portrait of Ginevra de Benci (Leonardo da Vinci, 1474)
Ginevra de Benci

Her hair is done in the style often depicted in Florentine portraits.

Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci

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Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni (Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1488)
Giovanna Albizzi Tornabuoni

Wife of Giovanni Tornabuoni. Her sister-in-law Lucrezia Tornabuoni married Lorenzo the Magnificent.

Portrait painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1488

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Ludovica Tornabuoni, Birth of Mary (Detail)
Ludovica Tornabuoni

Florentine noblewoman, daughter of Giovanni Tornabuoni and Francesca Pitti, as depicted in Ghirlandaio's Birth of Mary (see below right)

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Detail, Visitation (Ghirlandaio)
Detail, Visitation depicting Florentine noblewoman Giovanna Albizzi Tornabuoni and her ladies, one of whom is dressed in typical widow's garb. Giovanna wears an elabortate orange-colored giornea (sleeveless outer-gown that drapes over her bodice)

Detail, Birth of Mary (Ghirlandaio) 1486-90
Detail, Birth of Mary depicting Florentine noblewoman Ludovica Tornabuoni (sister-in-law to Giovanna degli Albizzi above). Ludovica sports a coazone and decorated caul net holding her hair in place.

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