This portrait of an unknown woman with a cat on her lap is usually attributed to Ambrosius Benson, who was born in Lombardy but active in Flanders between 1519 and 1550, hence his un-Italian name, which was probably originally Bensoni or Benzoni.

A couple of portraits with cats from the first half of the 16th century have survived, but in none of them the cat is painted as well as here.

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