This portrait was formerly believed to be a lady of the Brignole family from Genoa. The fashionable costume suggests the dating of about 1550.

This portrait was possibly made to hang alongside a painting of a young man. This would explain the woman’s sidelong glance and the light falling from the right, which is very unusual in Bordone’s work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1500 - 1571
Full title
Portrait of a Young Woman
Date made
about 1545
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
100.9 x 82.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1861
Inventory number
NG674
Location in Gallery