Sunday 26 July 2009

Portrait Puzzle

Last December I asked if anyone could name the Renaissance artist who painted this portrait, used on the dust cover of the 1952 Phaidon edition of Bernard Berenson's classic The Italian Painters of The Renaissance (title link). I had hunted through my copy, but was unable to find a credit for the picture. Anonymous recognized Portrait of a Young Woman (1465) by Antonio del Pollaiuolo, which he tells me is in Berlin's Gemaldegalerie. If anyone else has been pondering this puzzle, you have your answer. Thanks, Anon. Do note the rich embroidery on the dress she is wearing. Daddy was a wealthy man. So Portrait of a Young Lady would probably be a more precise title.


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