circa 1532 – 1625
Sofonisba Anguissola circa 1532 – 1625, An Unknown Noblewoman
The richness of our noblewoman’s costume and the wealth of her jewellery identify her as a lady from the highest echelons of the nobility, possibly a fellow lady-in-waiting with Anguissola. On her left hand she wears an engagement ‘fede’ ring, or ‘faith’ ring, of two clasped hands, representing the unity of love, as well as an elaborately mounted diamond ring. As early as the fifteenth century, the diamond ring was a feature of royal and noble weddings.