BEMBO, Bonifazio
(active in Brescia and Cremona 1444-1477)

Portrait of Bianca Maria Sforza

c. 1460
Tempera on canvas, 49 x 31 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Bianca Maria was the natural daughter of Filippo Maria, last Visconti, Duke of Milan. She married Francesco Sforza in 1432.

By means of an extremely delicate laying on of the tempera, Bembo has built up the face in diaphanously transparent layers that are perhaps a trifle cold. The masses achieve a quality of relief that is contained by the refinement of the colour and the elegance of the descriptive details.