Portrait of Emilia Pia da Montefeltro

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Portrait of Emilia Pia da Montefeltro
Raffaello, ritratto di maria pia da montefeltro.jpg
Artist Raphael
Year c. 1504–1505
Type Oil on wood
Dimensions 58 cm × 36 cm (23 in × 14 in)
Location Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

The Portrait of Emilia Pia da Montefeltro is a picture from around 1504-1505, attributed to the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael and housed by the Baltimore Museum of Art, United States

History[edit]

The rear of the work has an iscription saying "Emilia Pia da Montefeltro" and a seal with a fragmentary line, usually interpreted as "[Fo]ntico tedescho di V[enezia]", i.e. the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice.

The painting was perhaps part of the ducal collection of Urbino, brought to Florence in 1625 as a part of Vittoria della Rovere's dowry. Later it was in Vienna, then in Erlenbach, near Zurich, and was later sold to the Kleinberger Gallery in New York, USA, whence it arrived to the current seat.

The identification with the subject (the wife of Antonio da Montefeltro, described in Baldassarre Castiglione's Book of the Courtier) is confirmed by a medal attributed to Adriano Fiorentino. However, the attribution to Raphael remains disputed, in a similar way than the Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga of the Uffizi. Emilia Pia was in fact a confident of Elisabetta Gonzaga, and perhaps her portrait was executed to emulate the former's.

Sources[edit]

  • De Vecchi, Pierluigi (1975). Raffaello. Milan: Rizzoli.