Palma Vecchio: A Blonde Woman

Palma Vecchio: A Blonde Woman

A Blonde Woman is a Renaissance portrait by Italian artist Palma Vecchio which was completed in Venice in 1520, late in the artist’s career. The woman is likely the Pagan nymph Flora, the Goddess of Spring which is suggested to us by her striking green garment and bouquet of small flowers in her right hand. Her bare breast is also likely a symbol of spring fertility.

Palma Vecchio’s A Blonde Woman has been in the National Gallery in London since the Mond Bequest in 1924.

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