Female portrait

Andrea SolariBetween 1505 and 1507

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

The dark background, the rotation of the bust and the imperceptible smile make this painting one of the best interpretations of Leonardo’s portraiture, reinterpreted in the light of the classicism of the early sixteenth century. In this female portrait, there is a clever blend of references to the portraiture models of Antonello da Messina and Perugino and to the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci's painting, recognisable in the play of wide, ample volumes and in the construction of the figure using combinations of intense and bright chromatic zones.


  • Title: Female portrait
  • Creator: Andrea Solario
  • Date Created: Between 1505 and 1507
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 55 x 42 cm
  • Provenance: Emanuele D’Adda inheritance 1912
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil and tempera on panel (?)
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Movement: Renaissance
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Ritratto femminile
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1524
  • Artist Birth Place: Milan
  • Artist Birth Date: 1465 approx.

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