Monday, April 20, 2009
Ginevra de Beth: Beauty Adorns Virtue
I have believed for years that my friend Beth resembles Ginevra de Benci. This is the earliest known painting of a woman by Leonardo da Vinci.
The motto on the back of the painting (which lives at the National Gallery in Washington DC) is "virtutem forma decorat" --- beauty adorns virtue. I take this to mean that Beth's manifest virtue is in the creation of beauty.
Here's my sketch of Beth from a few months ago.