(b. 1397, Firenze, d. 1475, Firenze)

Portrait of a Woman

Tempera on wood, 41 x 31 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The identity of the painter of this enigmatic portrait is debated. It was attributed to Filippo Lippi, to his pupil Fra Diamante, to Giovanni di Francesco, to Fra Carnevale, to a follower of Paolo Uccello, and to Uccello himself.

The painter of this portrait took as his point of departure Filippo Lippi's Portrait of a Man and a Woman, but he was deeply sympathetic to Uccello's fascination with geometry and he was influenced by Uccello's peculiar interest in uningratiating, homely female types of distinctly middle-class status.

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