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In this almost life-sized portrait, an elegantly dressed lady holds a bunch of columbines. She is shown in profile, as was conventional for formal aristocratic portraits. It’s an unusual work: it’s painted in on canvas rather than wooden boards, the usual support for Renaissance paintings. It’s also very worn. In places the paint has almost completely disappeared, and the material underneath is showing through.
Tempera on canvas
H 139.7 x W 60.5 cm
Presented by Sir George Donaldson, 1908