photographed 11/11/2020
photographed 11/11/2020

Portrait of a Woman with Ruffled Collar

attributed to : Flemish (Flemish)
attributed to : Dutch (Dutch)
17th century, ca. 1620s-30s
oil on copper
Folded : 12 x 11 in. (30.48 x 27.94 cm)
Panel : 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (16.51 x 13.02 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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A good portrait is more than a simple likeness of a person; it also captures the subject’s personality and tells the viewer something about the subject’s station in life. This 17th-century Dutch portrait portrays an affluent young woman from a prominent family. We can tell she is affluent by her intricately wrought lace cap, collar, and cuffs, all of which would have been quite expensive at the time. We can tell she is from a prominent family by the small coat of arms visible in the upper left corner. The woman’s facial expression is serious, but the way her eyes engage directly with the viewer suggests a certain level of curiosity and confidence, as does her body language, with the left arm bent and the hand resting on her hip. This portrait was once paired with a similar painting of a male subject. The couple were probably husband and wife and may have commissioned the portraits to commemorate an important event in their lives, such as their marriage, the birth of a child, or some professional or social success.

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