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Follower of Leonardo da Vinci
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Follower of Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait of a young lady in a gold silk dress

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Follower of Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of a young lady in a gold silk dress
oil on panel
23 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (60.6 x 50.5 cm.)
Provenance
with V.G. Fischer Art Galleries, New York, by February 1913, when acquired by
Otto H. Kahn, New York.
with Ehrich Galleries, New York, by February 1921, when purchased by the
Saint Louis Art Museum.
Literature
F. Malaguzzi-Valeri, La Corte di Ludovico il Moro, Milan, 1917, III, pp. 73-74, fig. 62, as 'Manner of Il Giampietrino'.
F.R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XV-XVI Century, London, 1968, p. 131, under K1558, as 'follower of da Vinci'.
Exhibited
Los Angeles, County Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, 3 June-17 July 1949, no. 21, as 'Leonardo studio' (catalogue by W. R. Valentiner, et al.).

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The present painting belongs to a small group of works by an anonymous Leonardesque artist now commonly referred to as the Master of the Vierge aux Balances after the work in the Louvre. This painter, a close follower of the style of Leonardo's second Milanese period, has been linked to two other portraits, the first in the Kress Collection (South Carolina, Columbia Museum of Art; F.R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, London, 1968, K1558, fig. 320) and the other formerly in the d'Eichtal Collection, Paris. Works from this group have previously been ascribed to Boltraffio, Bernardino de'Conti and Ambrogio de Predis.

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