In 1850 the work was donated to the Forlì Art Gallery by Count Carlo Cignani, descendant of the Bolognese painter of the same name who lived and worked in Forlì. The female figure portrayed, according to local tradition, is to be recognized in the legendary Lady of Forlì, Caterina Sforza, although there are no historical sources or internal data to support this hypothesis. She is a woman with naturalistic and at the same time idealized features. The face is serene, noble and with regular features. The lady is depicted in front of a red velarium, intent on arranging some jasmine in a small vase, a symbol of marital fidelity. The work was probably commissioned as an engagement or wedding painting.
Texts: Lorenza Montanari, Martina Neri - Museum Unit of the Municipality of Forlì