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