A tour of the internet a couple of days ago brought me a portrait I'd never seen before:( under the cut )
I've been thinking about it ever since, as I find the image quite arresting (among other things, I love the set of her chin), but since I saw it on a website with nearly no attribution (*shakes fist at Tumblr*), all I know about it is that it is by a "Netherlandish artist" circa 1540. And reverse image search only pulls up a tiny handful of Tumblr and Pinterest links with no further information; they probably saw the image on the same Tumblr site I did (history-of-fashion). I assume that the artist is unknown, as is the subject, but even if I could just figure out where the portrait is currently located, that might give me leads for finding out whether any art historians have written about the painting, whether it's included in any museum catalogues or books on Dutch painting, that sort of thing.
Hmph. I might spend some time flipping through art books next week, if I can make it to the fine arts library.
Also, I am not sure what sort of fruit she's holding. An apricot?