PREDIS, Ambrogio de
(b. ca. 1455, Milano, d. after 1508)
Girl with Cherries1491-95
Oil on panel, 49 x 38 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This panel, of uncertain attribution, was painted by a follower of Leonardo in Milan. In the nineteenth century it was attributed to Leonardo himself. Recently it was assumed to be a work by the young Boltraffio, one of Leonardo's most gifted students. The painting shows a young woman wearing a wreath of ground ivy, with its tiny blue flowers, and holding a basket of fruit that includes cherries and pears. The picture was inspired by Leonardo's Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, now in Cracow.