(b. 1472, Venezia, d. 1526, Capodistria)

Portrait of a Woman

Oil on wood, 29 x 24 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome

The small painting can be compared with the famous Venetian Ladies in the Museo Correr in Venice, one of Carpaccio's masterpieces. With the same hairstyle as the two Venetian women, the girl in the Borghese Gallery is wearing a triple string of silver links and one of pearls, which can be interpreted as a sign if chastity (the pearl was considered one of the Virgin Mary's attributes) and, in the light of the Serenissama's sumptuary laws, of wealth and nobility. She was probably a young bride-to-be or newly-wed.