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Ginevra de’ Benci, Da Vinci (ASL)

Leonardo’s subtly painted portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci was probably commissioned on the occasion of her engagement at age 16 to Luigi Niccolini. A motto painted on the reverse—VIRTUTEM FORMA DECORAT (“Beauty adorns virtue”)—suggests that the young woman’s chastity was as pristine as her flawless complexion.