Portrait of a Woman

Bernardino Campi Italian

Not on view

The son of a goldsmith, Bernardino Campi began his artistic training in his native Cremona. Period sources indicate that he was an active portraitist in the major capitals of northern Italy, but few of these likenesses survive and almost none of their sitters have been identified with any certainty. The stately reserve of this woman, dressed in finery with an elaborate fan in one hand and a little dog under the other, is difficult to reconcile with the printed poems that praised Bernardino’s sitters as being so lifelike and filled with vitality that dogs and children responded to them as if they were alive.

This painting was seized by the Nazis from Baron Karl Neuman (Charles Neuman de Végvár) in Paris and restituted to him by 1947.

Portrait of a Woman, Bernardino Campi (Italian, Cremona 1522–1591 Reggio Emilia), Oil on canvas

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