Bartolomeo Veneto, active 1502-1531
Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress, 1530
Oil on panel, 85.9 x 67.6 cm (33-7/8 x 26-5/8 in.)
Only about 30 paintings survive by the great Venetian portraitist Bartolomeo Veneto, a contemporary of Titian, Veronese, and other masters of High Renaissance. This portrait, painted a year before the artist's death, shows the sitter standing in front of a red curtain. She is dressed in the height of fashion with a headpiece of human hair decorated with blue and gold ribbon, suggesting she was a lady of considerable status. The artist signed and dated the work on the cartellino, or tag, attached to the dark red curtain.
Manfrin collection, Venice
Mr. Barker (according to Crowe and Cavalcaselle 1912)
5th earl of Rosebery, Mentmore Towers, by 1884, his sale, Sotheby’s, Mentmore Towers, May 25–26, 1977, lot 2407
Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1979