This exquisite and enigmatic portrait and its pendant (1975.1.86) are most likely the works painted by the Venetian artist Jacometto, which were recorded by the connoisseur Marcantonio Michiel in the collection of a Venetian patrician in 1543. Michiel, who praised them as "a most perfect work," identified the man as Alvise Contarini and the woman as a "nun of San Secondo" (a Benedictine convent in Venice). The paired portraits and the allusion to fidelity on the verso of the male effigy (a roebuck chained beneath the Greek word AIEI, meaning “forever”) would normally suggest a married couple; however, her possible status as a nun, which has been doubted due to her revealing garment, makes it difficult to determine their relationship. Instead of a nun's habit, her garment may reflect contempory Venetian fashion. She may have led a secular life as a nun (such cases are documented) or entered the convent as a widow. Perhaps the portraits, which probably fit together in a boxlike frame, were designed to hide their clandestine relationship. Illustrating the influence of Netherlandish painting on Venetian portraiture, the portraits are striking for their meticulous detail, highly refined technique, and luminous, atmospheric landscape backgrounds.