The rich costume of this unidentified sitter would suggest that she came from a wealthy and possibly aristocratic family; a Habsburg identification has been proposed. It is likely that this bust-length portrait has been cut from a larger work.

The style of the clothes suggests a date of about 1545-50.


  • Title: Portrait of a Girl
  • Creator: Jakob Seisenegger
  • Date Created: about 1545-50
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: German
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG4206
  • Artist Dates: 1504/5 - 1567
  • Artist Biography: In 1531 Seisenegger was court painter to Emperor Ferdinand I in Augsburg. In 1532 he executed a full-length portrait of Charles V which served as a model for Titian's famous portrait of the emperor. He travelled widely. He was known principally as a portrait painter.
  • Acquisition Credit: Presented by The Art Fund, 1926

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