Tuesday, 14 August 2018

550) Esmeralda Brandini

Esmeralda Brandini, née Donati. She was the wife of Viviano Brandini, mother of prominent Florentine goldsmith Michelangelo de Viviano de Brandini and grandmother of the sculptor Baccio Bandinelli (who changed his surname later in life).
The portrait below was painted by Alessandro Botticelli in 1470s. One of its owners was D. G. Rossetti. It was once suspected that the portrait was one of Ignazio Hugford II's forgeries.

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