In this video Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture, tells the story of Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book painted by Vittore Carpaccio in 1495. This painting is believed to portray a Tuscan poet named Girolama Corsi Ramos. Portraits of Venetian women during the 1400s were rare, and only a few survive. This one is in the Denver Art Museum's collection.
You can see this painting and many more (including 19 from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia) in Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance. On view through February 12, 2017.
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Image credit: Vittore Carpaccio, Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book, about 1495. Oil on panel; 16 × 11-7/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.168.