Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music

Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini)about 1540 - 1545

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This unidentified woman wears an elegant, colorful dress that was the height of Florentine fashion around 1540. Her costume and music book indicate that she came from a cultured, patrician background; she may have been a member of the Frescobaldi, a powerful Florentine banking family that once owned this painting.

Bacchiacca's portrait beautifully exemplifies the Florentine Mannerist style and shows off his ability to represent intricate textile designs, such as the tablecloth's border. Bacchiacca derived his ambiguous space, juxtaposition of dissonant colors, and polished, sculptural treatment of flesh from Agnolo Bronzino's contemporary portrayals of the Medici court.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music
  • Creator: Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini)
  • Date: about 1540 - 1545
  • Physical Dimensions: 102.9 x 80 cm (40 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 78.PB.227
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N204
  • Department: Paintings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Paintings