European Art, 1400-1800 - 4 of 9
Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico di Tomaso Bigordi)
Portrait of a Lady
Tempera and oil on panel
56.1 x 37.7 cm
Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1913
With its charming characterization and serene background landscape, Ghirlandaio's painting represents an approach to portraiture that was new in the late fifteenth century. Although the identity of the sitter is uncertain, scholars believe she was probably Giovanna degli Albizzi, the wife of a Florentine merchant. The orange blossom in her hand, a traditional adornment of brides, suggests the painting was a marriage portrait.