The essence and definition of painting is, the imitation of visible objects, by means of form and colors: Wherefore the more, forcibly and faithfully painting imitates nature, the more directly and rapidly does it lead us to its end, which is to deceive the eye; and the surer proofs does it give us of its true idea.
In Portrait of a Young Woman, a fine cord is knotted at the girl’s throat which disappears into the neck-line of her dress, from which a sacred image presumably hangs.
Portrait of a Young Woman
This detail combined with the complete lack of jewelry suggests that she is a maiden.
There is greater insistence on the stylization of the features, more intensely rhythmic qualities in the one woven into an elaborate counterpoint of harmonic variations.
The delicate and supple skin is eternally young. No imperfection whatsoever disgraces this ethereal beauty. Portrait of a Young Woman by Botticelli