'Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family', around 1470
by an unknown artist from the Swabian area - Never heard
of Swabia? In the middle ages, it covered an area including
southern Germany, part of Switzerland, and part of France
Take a look at her head:
The woman is holding a 'forget-me-not' flower, and flies have
been known to be a symbol of mortality, so it could be possible
that this artist is using these symbols as an expression of
rememberance for this woman after she has died.
However, it has also been suggested that the artist added
the fly looking as realistic as possible in order to puzzle
the viewer, to make them wonder if a fly has l
anded on the painting.