Ginevra de' Benci (aristocrat)

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Ginevra de' Benci

Ginevra de' Benci (1457-1521) was a member of the Benci family in Florence and is the subject of an early portrait by Leonardo da Vinci.

Ginevra was born into a family of wealthy Florentine merchants in 1457. The Benci had business dealings with the Medici and were noted humanists themselves, patronizing artists and writers and creating an important library of classical texts.[1] In 1474 she married Luigi de Bernardo Niccolini.[2] Bernardo Bembo, Lorenzo de' Medici, Alessandro Braccesi, and Christoforo Landino dedicated poems to her.[3]


  1. ^ Botana, Federico (2012). "Family Wisdom in Quattrocento Florence: The Benci Aesop". Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. 75: 53.
  2. ^ Jiminez, Jill Berk (2013). Dictionary of Artists' Models. p. 61. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Levenson, Jay (1991). Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration. p. 270. |access-date= requires |url= (help)