The fashionable costume suggests the date for this picture. The sitter may be Lucia Albani, who married Faustino Avogadro of Brescia in 1550 (possibly represented in the Moroni portrait 'A Knight with his Jousting Helmet'.

She holds an early form of fan in her left hand.


  • Title: Portrait of a Lady ('La Dama in Rosso')
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Moroni
  • Date Created: about 1556-60
  • Physical Dimensions: 155 x 106.8 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian (Bergamo)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG1023
  • Full Title: Portrait of a Lady, perhaps Contessa Lucia Albani Avogadro ('La Dama in Rosso')
  • Artist Dates: 1520/4 - 1579
  • Artist Biography: Moroni is one of the most famous North Italian portrait specialists of the 16th century. He was a native of Albino, near Bergamo. In his early years he worked in Brescia and at Trent (1551-2). Later altarpieces and portraits were painted for clients in and around Bergamo and Albino, where he settled in 1561. His portraits have great psychological penetration, which owes less to his master and more to the Venetian tradition of portraiture as it had been evolved by Giorgione and Titian.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1876

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