Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Art & History Feature - Caterina Sforza in paintings

I'm utterly fascinated by Caterina Sforza, an amazing woman of the Italian Renaissance, a strong-willed, supremely intelligent noble lady, a valiant warrior in her own right, who lived in the same time period as the Borgias.

A post about Caterina Sforza's life will be coming to the Art & History Feature soon, but today enjoy the paintings of Italian Renaissance inspired by Caterina's face.

One of the most prolific artists to use Caterina as the subject in his many works was Sandro Botticelli. Here are some of those paintings.

A fragment of Purification of a Leper by Botticelli, a fresco in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican. Caterina is seeing here six months pregnant with her third child, daughter Bianca.

A fragment from Botticelli's La Primavera (1498) The Grace on the right is said to be Caterina Sforza.
A close-up of Caterina Sforza's face as one of the Graces in La Primavera by Botticelli
Caterina Sforza depicted here as St. Catherine of Alexandria by Botticelli  

Caterina Sforza (1481-1483) by Lorenzo di Credi

I'm planning a post about Caterina within the next month.

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