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.

Key facts

Full title
Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family
Date made
about 1470
Medium and support
Oil on silver fir
53.7 x 40.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery