Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting produced between 1474 and 1478 by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
In the reverse of this portrait, a juniper sprig (a small stem bearing leaves or flowers) is decorated encircled by a wreath of laurel and palm. The laurel and palm are the personal emblem of Bernardo Bembo, a close friend of Ginevra and Venetian ambassador to Florence. Their platonic relationship was revealed in many poems dedicated to them. Infrared examination throughout the portrait has revealed Bembo’s motto of “Virtue and Honor” beneath Ginevra. So, it is likely assumed that Bembo ordered the emblematic painting on the verso of the portrait.
The portrait turned out to be one of the highlights of the National Gallery of Art in America and admired by many because of Ginevra’s temperament portrayal. Ginevra has no hint of a smile, she is beautiful, and appearance is indifferent. A strip from the bottom of the portrait was removed, one-third of the portion of the portrait presumably owing to damage. It is considered that the missing has Ginevra’s arms and hands, possibly folded or crossed in a pose similar to Leonardo drawing or the Verrocchio sculpture.