Portrait of a Woman

Netherlandish or French Netherlandish / French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

A young woman wearing a gold and green velvet hennin reaches her left hand for something outside the picture plane. Her gaze, which follows her outstretched arm, encourages the viewer to wonder at the unseen furnishings of her environment. Previous scholarship offers two unconvincing suggestions as to the sitter's identity: Margaret of York (1446 -1503), Duchess of Burgundy, and Mary of Burgundy (1457 -1482), Margaret's stepdaughter. The picture remains without a secure attribution, preserving, somewhat unfortunately, the air of mystery surrounding the portrait.

Portrait of a Woman, Netherlandish or French, Oil on oak panel, Franco-Flemish

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