A Female Head

The young woman is probably the Virgin, a fragment cut from a large painting of the Nativity or the Adoration.  This painting has in the past been attributed to a number of artists but the style and technique closely agrees with works by the painter known as the Master of the Female Half-Length.

Key facts

Artist dates
active second quarter of the 16th century
Full title
A Female Head
Date made
about 1540
Medium and support
Oil on oak
26.3 × 18.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery