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Young Woman Holding a Book

Young Woman Holding a Book

Date: ca. 1520s
Medium: Oil on wood
Framed: 39 H x 34 1/4 W x 3 3/4 D in. (99 x 87 x 9.5 cm)
Unframed support: 30 11/16 H x 25 3/8 - 25 1/2 W x 1 1/2 D in. (77.9 x 64.4-64.8 x 3.8 cm)
Image: 30 1/2 - 30 5/8 H x 20 1/2 - 20 5/8 W in. (77.4-77.8 x 52-52.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN25
On View: Art Museum Gallery 06
About this ObjectAndrea del Brescianino spent most of his career in Siena and Florence, and painted a number of similar portraits of women. This sitter was clearly a woman of means, as indicated by the fine fabrics and jewelry she wears. As was often the case in portraits of women in this period, her face, while clearly that of a recognizable person, is also somewhat idealized. The sitter probably requested the artist depict her holding a book, to emphasize her interest in learning.
(Sold Christie’s, London, 24 May 1928, lot 285, as Pontormo); John Ringling (1866–1936), Sarasota, Florida; bequest in 1936 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
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