- The painting has a high quality of draftsmanship and it has been previously attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger (1465- 1524). Opinion is now inclined to give it to Jan van Scorel (1495-1562), one of the great Dutch exponents of the Renaissance.
- Half length portrait of an unknown lady, probably a Dutch woman, painted with startling naturalism in 1542. She is depicted in a three-quarter view, dressed in black velvet, a black bonnet, white cuffs and an open white collar. The portrait is powerful and psychologically penetrating and the lady`s stern expression is emphasized by her clasped hands, painted in a highly realistic manner.
- Inscription: Inscription 1542 on top
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 81 x 62.5 cm (without frame)
- Late Renaissance [Create]
- 16th century [Create]
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