Bona of Savoy (?)

The sitter, who holds columbines, was formerly thought to be Beatrice d'Este, but may perhaps be Bona of Savoy (1449 - 1503), wife of Galeazzo Maria Sforza. This identification finds some support by comparison with a representation of her on a medal.

If this is indeed a portrait of Bona of Savoy it may date from the period when she was Regent of Milan from 1476 to 1480 (after her husband's death), and must date to the last quarter of the 15th century (for she is represented as a mature woman). The picture is very damaged.

Key facts

Full title
Bona of Savoy (?)
Date made
about 1475-1500
Medium and support
Tempera on canvas
139.7 x 60.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir George Donaldson, 1908
Inventory number
Location in Gallery