The Secrets Behind Leonardo da Vinci’s First Female Portrait

Exploring the story behind “Ginevra de’ Benci”

Christopher P Jones

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Christopher P Jones is the author of Great Paintings That Tell Stories, exploring the narrative details in famous paintings.

Ginevra de’ Benci (c. 1474–1478) by Leonardo da Vinci. Tempera on panel. 38 × 37 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, U.S. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Let’s consider the evidence… The fingerprint, the ambiguous expression, the juniper bush, and the mysterious emblem on the back of the…

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