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Anonymous Italian artist
Portrait of a Woman with a Hairnet
Black and white chalk
8 13/16 x 7 1/4 inches (223 x 185 mm.)
Gift of H. P. Kraus, 1961; 1961.61
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The artist who drew this sensitive portrait remains unknown. It probably was made during the first quarter of the sixteenth century by an individual from the Veneto or Lombardy working in the circle of Giovanni Bellini, Francesco Bonsignori, or Bartolomeo Veneto.

The sitter's headdress derives from Leonardo's Portrait of a Woman, known as La Belle Ferronière (Louvre, Paris). Painted in the 1490s, that work was much studied during the early years of the sixteenth century.

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