Artist: Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian, Milanese, active by 1472–died after 1508)
Date: ca. 1491–95
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (48.9 x 37.5 cm)
Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890
Accession Number: 91.26.5
Trained in Milan, Ambrogio de Predis was associated after 1483 with Leonardo da Vinci, with whom he collaborated. The careful study of the positions of the hands and the enigmatic, slight smile both come from Leonardo's example. The painting is sometimes thought to be by another of his followers, such as Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio. The lady wears a wreath of ground ivy, suggesting her connection with humanists and literary circles, and may also allude to marriage.