Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman is an oil painting on elm panel, created by Albrecht Dürer in 1505 during his second visit to Italy. The painting is a bust-length portrait of a young woman from high society, wearing a patterned gown with tied-on sleeves that showcase the chemise beneath. This exquisite work of art is considered an outstanding example of Northern Renaissance portraiture and a masterpiece of Dürer’s artistic style.
Arriving in Venice in late autumn, Dürer painted several high-society portraits, one of which was this painting. This artwork is believed to be the first work he painted in Italy during his second sojourn in Venice. The expressive, anatomically realistic portrait is one of the artist’s signature works and highlights his technical expertise in capturing fine details.
Currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, this painting is categorized as public domain under the Portraits and Women tags. This masterpiece showcases Dürer’s skill in masterfully rendering light, texture, and materiality, making it a great representation of the high point of Renaissance portraiture, creating a lasting legacy that endures to this day.