Pisanello, Portrait of a Princess of the House of Este, 1436-38, tempera on wood, 43 x 30 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
This ‘princess’ is assumed to be Ginevra d’Este, the daughter of Niccolò III d’Este of Ferrara and Parisina Malatesta, although some have suggested that she is actually Margherita Gonzaga, the wife of Leonello d’Este. One of the main reasons for the image’s association with Ginevra is the inclusion of a juniper sprig on the sleeve of the princess’s dress; Juniper is ‘ginepro’ in Italian, you see, and wordplay is pretty normal in Renaissance portraiture.
Bird and butterfly scraps
Pectoral necklace, 1,300-1,000 BC, 19th/20th dynasty. Egypt. Fayence, Glass. © Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Foto Sandra Steiß
The pectorals of ancient Egypt were a form of jewelry, mostly worn by richer people and the pharaoh. One type is attached with a necklace, meant to be suspended from the neck but to lie upon the breast. wiki
Vintage insect flash cards