ROBERTI, Ercole de'
(b. 1456, Ferrara, d. 1496, Ferrara)

Portrait of Ginevra Bentivoglio

c. 1480
Oil on wood, 54 x 39 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

This is among the finest examples of quattrocento profile potraiture to have survived. The subject was the wife of the tyrant of Bologna (the city walls of which may be seen in the background) and was an outstanding patroness of the arts. The companion-piece in the same museum represents Giovanni II Bentivoglio.