The sitter's costume is typical of representations of Florentine noblewomen in the late 1570s and early 1580s. Her identity is unknown, and she may be a pastiche of several portraits of Medici ladies by Bronzino. She was formerly believed to be Bianca Cappello, the mistress and late wife of Francesco de' Medici (died 1587), Cosimo I's elder son.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1503 - 1572
Full title
Portrait of a Lady
Date made
probably 1575-85
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
58.7 x 48.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel Collection, 1906
Inventory number
NG2085
Location in Gallery