A Young Woman, between 1470 and 1480

  • Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian, between 1448 and 1449 - 1494

Paint on wood panel

  • Unframed: 14 1/4 × 10 inches (36.2 × 25.4 cm)
  • Framed: 33 3/4 × 22 × 4 inches (85.7 × 55.9 × 10.2 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Edsel B. Ford Fund and General Membership Fund



European Painting

  • Panel (wood)
  • Paint
  • Portrait
  • Woman
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Bust
  • Profile (figure)
  • Florence

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Label, on back: 1532 9049F

Inscribed, back of canvas: [two illegible red wax seals]


possibly until 1936, (French country house). Joseph Hallyn (Paris, France); 1936, (John Levy Galleries, New York, New York, USA); 1936-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Valentiner, W.R. "Verrocchio or Leonardo." Bulletin of the DIA 16, 4 (January 1937): pp. 49-59 (fig. 1). [attributed to Leonardo; dates picture to ca. 1475] Möller, E. "Leonardos Bildnis der Ginevra dei Benci." Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst. Munich, 1937-1938, vol. 13, pp. 185-209 (fig. 12). [as by Mainardi] Mostra di Leonardo da Vinci. Exh. cat., Palazzo dell'Arte. Milan, 1939, p. 220. [attributed to Verrocchio] Editione Curata Mostra di Leonardo da Vinci. Novara, 1940, p. 103. [as by Verrocchio] Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexicon der Bildenden Künstler. Leipzig, 1940, vol. 34, p. 296. [under Andrea del Verocchio] WPA Michigan. Michigan: A Guide to the Wolverine State. New York, 1941, p. 256. Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts, Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, pp. 139-140, no. 781. [as Verocchio or Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1475-8 by dress and coiffure] Detroit Institute of Arts, Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture. Detroit, 1949, p. 57 (ill.). 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th Century Italian Masters. Exh. cat., McIntosh Memorial Gallery, University of Western Ontario. London, 1956, no. 7 (ill.). Greenleaf, William. From These Beginnings: The Early Philanthropies of Henry and Edsel Ford, 1911–1936. Detroit, 1964, p. 163. Paintings in the DIA: A Checklist of the Paintings Acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 45. [as workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio] Mambour, J. "L'évolution esthetique des profile du Quattrocento." Revue Belge d'Archeologie et d'histoire de l'art, 38 (1969): p. 56. Frederickson, B. & F. Zeri. Census of pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. 1972, p. 221. [as by anonymous Florentine, dated 15th century] Simons, Patricia. "A Profile Portrait of a Renaissance Woman in the National Gallery of Victoria." Art Bulletin of Victoria, 28 (1987): pp. 34-52 (ill.). Virtue and Beauty. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2001, pp. 18–19 (fig. 9). [attributed to imitator of Verrochio]

Rights Status

workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio, A Young Woman, between 1470 and 1480, paint on wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Edsel B. Ford Fund and General Membership Fund, 36.90.