Mar 5, 2007

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1490–1495

Oil on wood

Framed: 44 x 34.5 x 5.5 cm (17 5/16 x 13 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 30.3 x 21.3 cm (11 15/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Jane Taft Ingalls 1962.259


This portrait represents a woman in her later middle years holding a handsome rosary made of coral with gold medals. Her identity remains unknown, but the richness and elegance of her black woolen gown with fur-trimmed cuffs and her coif of white sheer linen attests to her comfortable social standing. The prominence of her rosary is perhaps meant to suggest her personal devotion. In addition to a stylistic affinity to the work of this prominent Colognese painter, recent scholarship also points to the colorful patterned cloth background and the specific medals on the rosary as additional evidence the portrait was painted in Cologne.

See also
MED - Medieval Art
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Oil on wood

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