Edgar Degas

Portrait of a Woman (after a 16th-century Florentine drawing)

c. 1858-1859
During his first trip to Florence in 1858, Degas visited the Uffizi Gallery and, in an age-old artistic tradition, made copies after the Old Masters. One such, in pencil, was of a red-chalk drawing of a woman, then attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Degas went a step further, assuming the role of his predecessor and producing this painting from his copy of the Renaissance drawing.
Artist
Title
Portrait of a Woman (after a 16th-century Florentine drawing)
Date
c. 1858-1859
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
64.7 x 45.4 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1967
Accession number
15222