|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||64.5 cm × 50.8 cm (25.4 in × 20.0 in)|
|Location||Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna|
The work was part of the Venetian collection of Bartolomeo della Nave and in 1636, it was sold to the Duke of Hamilton, who brought it to London. In 1659, it was acquired by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, whose collection later became part of the current museum.
The title refers to the traditional identification with Violante, the daughter of painter Palma the Elder (to whom the painting was assigned for a long time), which has however no proof. An etching by David Teniers the Younger show the painting having larger size, although a representation of the archduke's gallery from the same artist depicts it in the same current size. The painting must have been a popular painting when it was in the Archduke's cabinet, as it was portrayed in his gallery paintings.
Etching from the Arolsen klebeband, a version of the catalog by Teniers, which shows the Palma the Elder attribution
This painting, along with its pendant The Bravo in the frontispiece for Teniers the Younger's catalog of 1659-1673
Archduke's gallery (collection Kunsthistorisches Museum)
Archduke's gallery (collection Petworth House)
The work was attributed to Titian by Italian art historian Roberto Longhi. The woman portrayed is very similar to that in the Balbi Holy Conversation and a series of portraits of wavy-haired blonde women such as the Woman at the Mirror, Flora, the Vanity, Salome and the Young Woman with Black Dress.
- Valcanover, Francesco (1969). L'opera completa di Tiziano (in Italian). Milan: Rizzoli.