BOTTICELLI, Sandro
(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

Portrait of a Young Woman

c. 1475
Tempera on panel, 61 x 40 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

There are several assumptions concerning the identity of the young woman (Simonetta Vespucci, Clarice Orsini, Fioretta Gorini etc.). The picture was partly repainted. The sleeve of the robe covers the left hand in a very unnatural way.

The lock of hair coming loose from her bun gives a more spontaneous feeling to this severe profile portrait. The half length figure is slightly to the left of the centre of the picture. Behind her is a dark window frame and it contrasts with the gentle flow other contours. The attribution of the work to Botticelli is disputed.