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Names Unknown couple
Professions He: Merchant and traveling salesman
She: Pillar of an exemplary household
Residence Florence
Marital Status Married
Distinctive Features Both sitters have doppelgängers in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France
Hobbies He: Business trips to centers of international finance to open up new markets for the family business
She: Whiles away her time with edifying reading in pocket-sized editions, tastefully decorates the family home, has her hair done, and takes her bridal jewelry out of its box in a nostalgic moment now and then
Lovers He: perhaps (after all, you never know who will cross your path: look over his shoulder at the background on the right!)
She: Never!
Favorite Quotations “And since woman was busy guarding and taking care of the heir, she was not in a position to go out and find what she and her children required for the maintenance of their life. Man, however, was by nature more energetic and industrious, and he went out to find things and bring what seemed to him necessary. Sometimes the man remained away from home and did not return as soon as his family expected. Because of this, when he came back laden, the woman learned to save things up in order to make sure that if in the future her husband stayed away for a time, neither she nor her children would suffer.”
Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472), Della famiglia (The Family in Renaissance Florence, trans. Reneģe Neu Watkins).

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