Portrait of a young Woman
Giulio Romano
Yearbetween 1516 and 1520
Mediumoil on panel (poplar)
MovementPortrait painting
Italian Renaissance
SubjectA young brunette woman at bust length
Dimensions60 cm × 44 cm (24 in × 17 in)[1]
LocationMusée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg

Portrait of a Young Woman is a c.1518-1519 oil on panel painting by Raphael and Giulio Romano, now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg, for which it was acquired by Wilhelm von Bode, who bought it in London in 1890. It was previously recorded in London in the Acton collection. Its inventory number is 175.[2]


Traditionally attributed to the School of Raphael, the removal of 19th-century repainting and X-ray examination have shown that the hand, sleeves and chemise were later additions.[3] The most widely accepted hypothesis is that Giulio Romano painted the head, neck and bust after a design by Raphael, and that Raphael then added the hand and the sleeves, and covered the young woman's cleavage. The identity of the sitter remains unknown; although there is a typological likeness, she is not the same person as La Fornarina: her nose, for instance, has a different shape.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Roy 2017, pp. 120–121.
  2. ^ Jacquot 2006, pp. 64–65.
  3. ^ Vecchi 1975.