A well preserved and clean small tondo on with a realistic, non idealized depiction of a woman.
Maarten Van Cleve was a contemporary of Pieter Brueghel (the Elder) with his own active studio in Antwerp. We know he was also at work in the studio of Frans Floris and a member of the St-Luke Guild.
This kind of small (pocketsize) portraits are extremely rare and therefore this is an exceptional piece. You can see that his influence and style goes beyond that of a Brueghel-epigone.
Further more our lovely lady is wearing the typical white veil on her head, a white buttoned shirt and a dark red cloak.
Oil on slate, Tondo: 9cm, dated 1552 center at the top