The profile was used for portraits by many painters of the Early Renaissance. Baldovinetti's representation of a lady in yellow is one of the most striking of such designs, showing the sitter almost to the waist. Stitched to her sleeve is a device of three palm leaves which is probably not merely a decorative pattern but the emblem of her family or of one into which she has married, or is soon to marry into.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1426 - 1499
Full title
Portrait of a Lady
Date made
about 1465
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
62.9 x 40.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1866
Inventory number
NG758
Location in Gallery