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Portrait of a Young Woman as a Saint
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Portrait of a Young Woman as a Saint

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The specificity of the portrayal of this young woman and her contemporary attire in combination with the faint remains of a halo indicate that either this is a depiction of a saint based on a close study of a living model to give force to the rendering or it is a portrait of a young woman in the guise of a saint as an expression of piety. Given that there are no further attributes to identify the woman as a particular saint other than her book, surely to be understood as a prayer book, this is most likely a portrait of a young woman of Bologna, the northern Italian city where Aspertini was active. In terms of style, the characterization of the young woman is quite close to similar figures in Aspertini’s Altarpiece with the Virgin and Child, Saints Lucy, Nicolas of Bari, and Augustine (1510) in the church of San Martino Maggiore, Bologna.
Date Description Narrative
Technical Reportother
1/01/1900Technical Reportother
9/01/1960Treatmentcleaned; coated; inpainted; stabilized; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
9/23/1960Treatmentx-ray; cleaned
10/01/1960Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation; other
3/01/2008Treatmentcleaned; other
3/01/2008Treatmentlined; surface cleaned
3/11/2008Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/11/2008Examinationexamined for exhibition; examined for loan
  • Works of the School of Ferrara-Bologna. Burlington Fine Arts Club, London. 1894.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Amico Aspertini 1475-1552 e il suo tempo. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, 40126 Bologna. 2008-2009.
Provenance Bentivoglio Collection, Casa Bentivoglio, Bologna [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; J. Hanson-Walker, London, 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, England [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Christie's, London, December 10, 1898, no. 65; Jeffrey, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Friedrich Lippmann, Berlin [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Rudolph Lepke Sale, Berlin, November 26-27, 1912, no. 34 [as Lorenzo Costa]; Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., Munich and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [published in Zeri: Italian Paintings in the Walters Art Gallery: II as A. S. Drey]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1922 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Painted in black on reverse: C B B; [Seal] On reverse: red wax seal with coat of arms with fleurs-de-lys
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1922

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ca. 1510-1520 (Renaissance)
oil on wood panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 23 13/16 x W: 17 1/8 x D: 5/16 in. (60.5 x 43.5 x 0.8 cm); Framed H: 31 1/2 x W: 24 3/4 x D: 2 3/4 in. (80.01 x 62.87 x 6.99 cm)


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