The sitter, identified in the inscription as a member of the Medici family, was born in about 1469 and by 1489 had married a prominent Florentine citizen. The flowers and jewels (a pendant and three finger rings on a bolster) may well refer to her betrothal.

The painting has in the past been attributed to the young Fra Bartolommeo, when he was much influenced by Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1449 - 1494
Full title
Costanza Caetani
Date made
probably about 1480-90
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
57.2 x 37.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2490
Location in Gallery