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Swabian: 'Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family'

The sitter's family is identified by the inscription (born a Hofer), although her precise identity is unknown.

She holds a forget-me-not, presumably for remembrance. On her headdress is a fly, either a symbol of mortality or a reminder of the artist's skills of illusion.

The artist worked in Southern Germany; the portrait probably dates from about 1470.

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