Attribution to Pollaiuolo is largely accepted by recent scholarship. A minority think of Piero della Francesca, and the most recent monograph assigns it to anonymity, along with some related portraits. The attribution is based on the observation of stylistic features that are also achievements in terms of comparable pieces. This is one of the finest portraits of the early Florentine Renaissance in the purity of its line and subtle execution, in the nobility of the pose and the self-confident dignity of the woman’s expression.


  • Title: Profile Portrait of a Young Lady
  • Creator: Antonio del Pollaiuolo
  • Date Created: 1465
  • Physical Dimensions: w36.2 x h52.2 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on poplar wood
  • Style: Italian
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Hannelore Nützmann // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Antonio Pollaiuolo was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, engraver and goldsmith. He was most successful as a sculptor and metal-worker. In 1484 he settled down in Rome where he executed the tomb of Pope Sixtus IV. His main contribution to Florentine painting lay in his studies of the human body in motion or under conditions of strain. Furthermore, he was one of the first artists to take a serious interest in landscape. One of his students was Sandro Botticelli. The only surviving engraving of his is 'The Battle of the Nudes' (ca. 1470) while his most famous paintings are 'Portrait of a Young Woman' (ca. 1465) and 'Apollo and Daphne' (1470-1480).
  • Artist Place of Death: Rome, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Florence, Italy
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1432/1498-02-04

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