Double Portrait With Oak Twig by Federico Barocci
This sweet and tender double portrait by Federico Barocci depicts a nobleman proffering a branch full of acorns to a young woman. The bearded male figure, dressed in a severe black costume, stands behind the woman pointing to the oak branch. The branch is not that of a live tree, but rather a crafted work of gilded bronze with a paper strip woven through its metal leaves. This cartello may have once been inscribed with a message, but no traces of it remain. The woman, to whose attention he brings this branch, looks up pensively from her reading. She wears an elegant gold and grey dress with a white ruff collar and cuffs and around her neck there is a lustrous strand of double pearls from which a gold and pearl medallion is suspended. The picture's format suggests the celebration of a conjugal relationship. The oak and acorns, an emblem long associated with the Della Rovere family of Urbino, indicate that at least one of the two sitters was a member of that family. However, the sitters and the event being commemorated have proven to be difficult to identify.
This is the Art Of Love painting for 3 June, 2007, presented by Bonza Sheila.
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