I am an Associate Fellow at Yale University and I am writing the biography of a
woman banker. I have not yet been able to locate a picture of her, or any
members, but a
member of your society suggested that perhaps I could place a notice on an
board, or the equivalent. Apparently you have a division of members who
on Renaissance art, and her picture would have been painted, if at all, between
especially while she was living in Italy or Antwerp.
Her name was Beatrice de Luna, also called Dona Gracia Nasi. She was born in
lived in Antwerp, Venice, Ferrara and Constantinople. I would also be
to be a painting of her brother-in-law and partner, Diogo Mendes, who was a
Antwerp stock exchange (the Flemish painters of the day had studios over the
exchange building, completed in 1531, and exchange members were patrons). There
be a painting of her husband, Francisco Mendes, who was a wellknown spice
working out of Lisbon.
If you can help in any way I would be most grateful. I understand that dozens
this era exist with names do not mean anything to most people, since they were
known to the world at large. But they could be in an index or data base.
Andrée Aelion Brooks
15 Hitchcock Road
Westport, CT 06880 USA
Q: Portrait Beatrice de Luna. In: ArtHist.net, Apr 12, 2001 (accessed Sep 25, 2022), <https://arthist.net/archive/24440>.