SEBASTIANO DEL PIOMBO
(b. 1485, Venezia, d. 1547, Roma)
Portrait of a Woman1512
Oil on wood, 68 x 55 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
That the sitter is a lady is clear from her fur, her jewelry, and the trim on her linen, on which classical motifs are embroidered with gold thread. The lessons of Leonardo, Raphael, and Giorgione are here in the shading on skin and pelt, and in the softly modeled contours of the face, with its compelling gaze.