MAINARDI, Bastiano
(b. 1466, San Gimignano, d. 1513, Firenze)

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1500
Tempera on wood, 45 x 34 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The sitter of the painting is the wife of a Florentine banker. The coiffure of the woman is characteristic for the period: a wig (seuffia) on top of the head decorated with curls of different colour.

Although this portrait and its pendant representing the husband are catalogued in the Berlin museum under the name of Bastiano Mainardi, Domenico Ghirlandaio's follower and posthumous brother-in-law, recent research attributes them to Davide Ghirlandaio.