c.1558. Oil on panel. 83 x 60 cm. Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. Read Note.
Laura was born in 1523 in the Italian city of Urbino as the illegitimate daughter of a local noble, John Anthony, who legitimized her upon birth and made sure she was given an education and upbringing befitting a woman of noble status.
Her first marriage happened at an early age, but she was very shortly thereafter widowed. She married her second husband, Bartolommeo Ammanati, a Florentine sculptor, in 1550, but the marriage remained childless.
During her life she was considered a talented poet, her works drawing many admirers and even being published and printed in Italy and Spain. Her popularity made her a subject of many contemporary artists and writers.
Laura Battiferi died in 1589.