Description of the picture:
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci – Piero di Cosimo. 1480-1490. Tempera, wood. 42 x 57 cm
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci – the most popular painting by Piero di Cosimo, painted at the personal request of the Medici family. The Medici were known as the majestic bankers of Florence, the only region in all of Italy where their rules and their laws acted. A recognizable family sponsored art, trying through culture to influence their own partners. Medici banks were the most reliable method of preserving their savings, right before the sunset of Florence as a region.
Creating a picture
Simonetta Vespucci – the most beautiful woman in Florence, has long maintained close ties with the Medici clan. Even in early childhood, Cosimo Medici promised to bring these two houses together if they manage to reach an agreement on the merger of all their enterprises. The founder of the bank was going to give the project a long life. But it was necessary not only to attract investments, but in which case, to be able to legalize the entire project, proving that the money in it did not carry a bloody trace.
It is precisely for this that the children of famous births got married. Only now there was a misfortune that changed all plans, and partially influenced the fall of the Medici clan. Simonetta died of consumption, having died in a week and one day.
The portrait was painted after the death of the girl. Pierrot wrote specially in an outdated manner. Most likely, the image was inherited from the medal, which the master personally passed on to the deceased father. The portrait shows bare breasts, and a very bold, wedding hair style. The artist tried to portray the first beauty of Florence in a worthy role. The painting was transferred personally to the Vespucci family."