Portrait of a Woman

On the woman's bodice is an embroidered pattern with the letter 'M'. It is questionable whether the painting, and other similar pictures by Cranach, are true portraits or idealised variations on a theme. This painting can be grouped with a number of other similar works by the artist which are thought to date from about 1525.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1472 - 1553
Full title
Portrait of a Woman
Date made
about 1525
Medium and support
Oil on beech
Dimensions
35.9 x 25.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
NG291
Location in Gallery