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Portrait of an African Woman

ca. 1560

Although fragmentary, this portrait is striking for the directness of the woman’s gaze. She is richly dressed in the style fashionable at the Medici court in the 1560s. This portrait is one of the first indications of the African slave trade during the Renaissance in Europe.

Artwork Details

Title: Portrait of an African Woman
Geography: Florence, Italy (?)
Date: ca. 1560

Medium: oil on canvas

Classification: graphic arts (drawing, painting, engraving, calligraphy)
Dimensions: 60 x 39.5 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2019.014
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