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Portrait of a Woman

European Art

This Florentine portrait is an outstanding example of Italian Mannerist painting, a Late Renaissance style defined by complex compositions, vivid colors, and unnaturally elongated figures. Here, Bartolomeo Traballesi emphasizes his sitter’s grace and refinement by artificially sloping her shoulders and lengthening her neck and fingers. Also typical of Mannerist portraiture are the model’s trappings of status and erudition: a Turkish carpet of a type then popular at the Medici court and a book of poetry. Traballesi’s portrait, last on view in 1956, was recently treated in the Museum’s conservation lab for this presentation.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
DATES ca. 1570-1575
DIMENSIONS 34 7/8 x 25 1/2in. (88.6 x 64.8cm) frame: 44 5/8 x 36 1/2 in. (113.3 x 92.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS European Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 28.285
CREDIT LINE Gift of Frank L. Babbott
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Bartolomeo Traballesi (Italian, Florentine School, active by 1560, died 1585). Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1570-1575. Oil on panel, 34 7/8 x 25 1/2in. (88.6 x 64.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frank L. Babbott, 28.285
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