LUINI, Bernardino
(b. 1480, Luino, d. 1532, Milano)

Portrait of a Young Woman with Fan

1520-25
Black, red, brown, yellow and white chalk on white paper, 414 x 285 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

This drawing by Bernardino Luini is considered one of the greatest pastel drawings of the 16th century. The tenderness and softness of the facial features arise out of a finely executed sfumato technique for example to be found in Leonardo da Vinci's cartoon Isabelle de Este. Up to the 19th century the drawing was attributed to Leonardo.

Due to Luini's marked tendency to idealize his characters, the identity of the sitter cannot be established.




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