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Alesso Baldovinetti: 'Portrait of a Lady'
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.

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