(Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance, 1445-1510): Portrait of a Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci?), c. 1476-80. Tempera on panel, 47.5 × 35 cm (18.7 × 13.8 inches). Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany.
“Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci, nicknamed la bella Simonetta (ca. 1453 – 26 April 1476) was the Genoese wife of the Italian nobleman Marco Vespucci of Florence. She also is alleged to have been the mistress of Giuliano de’ Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent’s younger brother. She was renowned for being the greatest beauty of her age – certainly of the city of Florence. She is depicted in Piero di Cosimo’s paintings Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci, in which she is portrayed as Cleopatra with an asp around her neck, and The Death of Procris. Countless poems and canvasses by many other painters were also created in her honor.”