Title: Portrait of a Woman Aged Twenty-Two
Date: 1567
Medium: Oil on limewood panel
63 x 46.4 cm
Signed: lower left: [monogram] upper right:
Credit Line: Purchased, 1934
Object Number: NGI.974
ProvenancePurchased, van Diemen & Company, Berlin, November 1934
Label TextThe married status of this unidentified woman is revealed by her headdress and the rings on her fingers. She wears a heart-shaped medallion depicting Christ on the cross, revealing her faith. Although the portrait is similar in style to the work of Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586), the monogram in the lower left corner belongs to a different, unknown artist. It is likely that this German artist knew Cranach’s work, or he may even have been a member of Cranach’s workshop at some point during his career.
Inscriptionupper right: AETATIS SUAE 22

(German Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland, David Oldfield, 1987)