The famous portrait of the young beauty, which is called "Antey" for many centuries, does not provide an answer to the most important question: what kind of girl is depicted in the picture of a famous artist.
According to one version, Francesco Parmigianino was in love with the famous courtesan Antei, whom he met while in Rome, and it is she who is the face of this portrait. Elegant outfits made of expensive fabrics, belts around the neck of the fur and a lot of elegant jewelry may indicate that these are only gifts from men who hope to get consent for intimacy from a young girl. Famous art critics refute this romantic hypothesis, because these clothes and jewelry are not typical of courtesans of the last century.
The most reliable historical version says that the picture depicts a young aristocrat Antei, who is a distant relative of the artist. The hypnotic look of a very young girl is bewitching, as if trying to tell us something. From historical sources it is known that this portrait was painted shortly before the wedding of Antei. On her face you can see a combination of mixed emotions, such as pride and dignity for the adoption of one’s destiny, but at the same time there is a certain confusion before marriage at such a young age that most likely turned out to be by calculation, and not by love.
According to the latest, most boring version of the origin of the painting “Antey”, there is an opinion that the young girl is just a collective image of the ideal beauty for Parmigianino. A fragile face, snow-white skin, black big eyes, a graceful neck, a refined figure, all these features look a little unnatural on an empty black background, which is why doubts arise whether this girl really existed.
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