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Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1518

circle of Andrea del Sarto

(Italian, 1486–1530)

Oil on wood

Framed: 108 x 86.5 x 8 cm (42 1/2 x 34 1/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 82.5 x 62.2 cm (32 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.)

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection 1944.92


King Francis I’s deep interest in Italian Renaissance culture manifested itself not only through acquiring important works of art but also by bringing leading architects, scholars, and artists to Paris. Chief among these figures was the Florentine painter Andrea del Sarto. The sitter’s distinctively French hood and black veil suggest that someone talented closely connected to the artist painted this work during his brief time in France.

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