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Petrarch and Laura de Noves

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Many portraits are known of the poet Petrarch (1304–1374), from early manuscripts of his work, but none is known of his beloved, Laura (1307/8–1348), here depicted with a laurel branch, an attribute of poetry. The source for the portraits is a fifteenth-century Tuscan manuscript in which the subjects are depicted separately. The unknown artist, whose style is close to Bartolomeo Veneto, may have known these or copies of them.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1510


oil on canvas


H 56 x W 70 cm

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Bequeathed by John D. Chambers, 1897

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