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The name of this sitter is unknown, though her noble bearing and restrained but elegant clothing have, despite the informality of the pose, led to various attempts to identify her as possibly a member of the royal family, or – with much less evidence – as El Greco's mistress or daughter. The importance of the work owes much to its quality and rarity within El Greco's early oeuvre but also to its royal provenance.
oil on canvas
H 79.8 x W 65.7 cm
Stirling Maxwell Collection, gift, 1967