Portrait of Maddalena Doni


Creator: Raphael [1]
Title: Portrait of Maddalena Doni
Date: 1505-7
Media: Oil on wood
Measurement: 65 x 45.8 cm
Repository: Florence, Galleria Palatina

The influence of Leonardo's Mona Lisa in the Portrait of Maddalena Doni is clear: in analyzing both women you notice they are both painted at half-length and seated, their heads turning to gaze the viewer and arms crossed in front. [2] While similarities are present, the differences are also apparent in the detailed clothes and jewelery of the subject. [3] These small but significant details were the expression of the sitter's place in society. The portrait's landscape background, while visible is not meant as a focal point -- for its prominence is not quite as evident as in the Portrait of Battista Sforza -- the viewer is attracted to the vibrancy in the textile and the exquisite detail of the jewels.

Leonardo's Mona Lisa for a comparison to Raphael's portrait:



  1. ^ Vasari, Giorgio. The life of Raphael . London: Pallas Athene, 2004. Print.
  2. ^ Jones, Roger, and Nicholas Penny. Raphael . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. Print.
  3. ^ Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.