The sitter holds prayer beads. She is shown before a window ledge on which are displayed an apple and a beaker of flowers. The beaker is of a type common in the Rhineland around 1500.

Formerly thought to be part of a diptych or triptych, but as the sitter is not in an attitude of prayer, the painting is likely to be an early example of independent portrait from the Rhineland.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Portrait of a Woman
Date made
about 1495
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
38.4 x 28.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2670
Location in Gallery