Andrea Solario was born in Milan about 1465 and died in 1524. He painted this portrait of a young woman in oils on a wooden panel between 1505 and 1507.
His two most well known paintings hang in the Louvre. The Madonna with the Green Cushion is a charming study of a breast-feeding mother and baby. It was discovered in the attic of the Cordeliers (Franciscan monastry) in Blois in the 17th century. Solario came to France to work for the lords of Amboise from 1507 to 1510 and it was probably painted during that period. But the subject of his other well known work, Charles d'Amboise, was appointed governor of Milan by Louis XII, so it may have been painted in Milan after Solario returned to Italy.
Solario came from a family of artists, although they were not painters. His brother was a sculptor and Andrea was the first in the family to take up painting. Like all of the painters in Milan at the time he was influenced by Leonardo da Vinci but his work also shows his familiarity with Flemish art. It seems likely that he took the opportunity to travel to Flanders from France before returning to Milan.