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Probably by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, Portrait of a Woman in Profile

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Full title Portrait of a Woman in Profile
Artist Probably by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis
Artist dates about 1455 - 1510
Date made probably about 1495-9
Medium and support Oil on walnut
Dimensions 52.5 × 37.3 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs Gutekunst in memory of her husband Otto Gutekunst, 1947
Inventory number NG5752
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of a Woman in Profile
Probably by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis

In 1483 Ambrogio de Predis (or Preda), with his brother Evangelista, was contracted in Milan to assist Leonardo da Vinci in painting and gilding the altarpiece which was to incorporate 'The Virgin of the Rocks'.

It is likely that this portrait is also a Milanese work. The Moor's head and the letters 'L' and 'O' which ornament the buckle of the belt may allude to Lodovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

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