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According to Vasari's 'Lives of the Artists' in about June 1456 the artist Fra Filippo Lippi settled in Prato, near Florence, to paint frescoes in the choir of the cathedral. Before starting this work he set about painting, in 1458, a picture for the convent chapel of Santa Margherita of Prato, and there saw Lucrezia Buti, the beautiful daughter of a Florentine, Francesco Buti. She was either a novice or a young lady placed under the nuns' guardianship.
oil on canvas
H 86 x W 65 cm
unknown acquisition method