Large 18th / 19th Century Continental School Oil Painting, After Titian, A Copy of "La Bella" (Woman in a Blue Dress). The original painting, created by Titian around 1536, is on permanent exhibit at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy | Oil on canvas | Housed in an ornate gilt frame | Dimensions: The images dimensions are the same as the original (39 - 29.5) with a total dimension of 51" x 40" with the frame | Condition: Good considering age. Is the original canvas, with small area of in-painting (Quarter size) in the upper right quadrant, and scattered in lower left. Slight line indentation from stretcher bar at upper right quadrant. Provenance: Private Collection, Cape Cod, Purchased at auction, Hudson River Valley, NY area about 40 years ago, in the family since. La Bella is a portrait of an unknown woman by Titian. The work of a mature artist, it shows the woman with Renaissance ideal proportions and a natural expressive force. The composition is clear. La Bella is often discussed as alternative to Titian's Portrait of Isabella d'Este in Vienna, because the order was a cajoling rejuvenated portrait by the more than 60 years old art patron. Eye color, hair color, eye brows and sex appeal would even homogenize all portraits of Isabella d'Este. Titian likely used the same model for the Venus of Urbino. Both pictures are documented in letters by Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, who was the husband of Isabella's daughter Eleonora Gonzaga. The Venus of Urbino was painted for the marriage of their son, so there are similarities and the environment of the same family. Symbol language: La Bella points with her hand to a zibellino, which is associated with the Venetian mature noble ladies and again, Isabella d'Este was one of the first ladies to wear. A zibellino, flea-fur or fur tippet is a women's fashion accessory popular in the later 15th and 16th centuries. A zibellino, from the Italian word for "sable", is the pelt of a sable or marten worn draped at the neck or hanging at the waist, or carried in the hand.