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Portrait of Isabella de' Medici

unknown Florentine (Italian)

Alessandro Allori (Italian, 1535–1607)

c. 1570-1574

Medium oil on canvas (transferred from panel) Measurements H: 30 5/8 x W: 23 1/2 x D: 2 1/4 in. (77.79 x 59.69 x 5.71 cm) Credit Gift of Mrs. Paul B. Ernst Accession Number 78.10.2 Location Gallery 2, Scaife Galleries

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Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.

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Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 78.10.2; unknown Florentine, Allori, Alessandro (circle of); Portrait of Isabella de' Medici, c. 1570-1574
Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, grand duke of Florence, was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many extramarital affairs. While she was the favored daughter of Cosimo, her status was threatened when her more conservative brother took over the dukedom in 1574. This portrait perhaps shows Isabella’s efforts to change her image at this time. She is richly dressed and elaborately jeweled, yet she holds an alabaster ointment jar, symbolic of Mary Magdalene, and traces of a halo are still visible around her head. By aligning her image with that of the repentant biblical sinner/prostitute Mary Magdalene, Isabella may have attempted—unsuccessfully—to persuade her critics that she had reformed her ways. She was killed just two years later, possibly murdered at the behest of her husband and brother as revenge for an affair with her husband’s cousin.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA