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Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-Florence 1530)

Portrait of a Woman in Yellow c.1529-30

Oil on poplar panel | 64.3 x 50.1 x 1.7 cm (support (etc), excluding additions) | RCIN 404427

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This painting, left incomplete in del Sarto’s studio after his death, reveals the way in which artists brought their subjects to life by blurring the transition between light and shadow. Developed by Leonardo da Vinci, this technique, called sfumato, creates the impression of a three-dimensional woman moving into the light towards us.

First recorded at Windsor Castle during the nineteenth century