Mar 5, 2007

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1490–95

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. The panel has been attributed to the anonymous Master of the Holy Kinship the Younger, a painter in Cologne (Germany) with a flourishing workshop in the years around 1500.

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

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