Bust of Isabelle d’Aragon
Vrana, around 1458 - Avignon, 1502
Around 1469, marble, 40 x 40 cm
Italian Museum – Sculpture Gallery
Originally from Croatia, Francesco Laurana settled in Italy where he worked for different courts, before establishing himself in Naples where he asserted himself in the field of portraits. It was long believed that the bust in the Jacquemart-André museum was the portrait of a Neapolitan princess, but the specialists are not convinced.
The sculptor’s style aims generally at abstraction rather than realism. Indeed, the heroisation of the model, the stylised features and the geometric shapes are characteristics of the works of Francesco Laurana. It is therefore not surprising that this work was the subject, from the beginning of the 20th century, of a copy in plaster to be integrated in the collections of the Museum of French Monuments.