• Portrait of a Young Lady

    Artist:
    Verspronck, Johannes Cornelisz. 1597-1662
    Technique:
    canvas
    Dimensions:
    80,5х65,5 cm

Verspronck, Johannes Cornelisz. 1597-1662

Portrait of a Young Lady

Holland, 1644

In 17th-century Dutch painting the only truly commissioned genre was the portrait. Burghers who were growing rapidly rich, innkeepers and military men were all keen to have pictures of themselves and their loved ones. It was, however, a rare artist who besides meticulously capturing a physical likeness could bring out the character of a portrait’s subject or display a virtuoso manner of painting. Johannes or Jan Verspronck, a pupil and follower of Frans Hals, came to occupy a worthy place among the Dutch portraitists. Verspronck spent his whole life in the city of Haarlem. He came from a family of artists and began to learn the painter’s craft at an early age. He achieved great success and great fame. Customers were particularly drawn by his skill in depicting accessories, jewellery, flowers and fabrics. History has not preserved the name of the woman in this portrait, but it is not hard to divine her status. The enormous collar of the sort worn by the wives of officials and sea captains points to her high position in society, while her jewellery and the broad Brabant lace on her cuffs are indicators of wealth. Yet the young lady’s face is devoid of stiffness or arrogance. There is a soft blush in her cheeks, while the carefully smoothed hair peeks out just a little from beneath her cap. Verspronck caringly conveys to us the benevolent mood of his model.

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Portrait of a Young Lady

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Material:

oil

Technique:

canvas

Dimensions:

80,5х65,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1920; formerly in the Gatchina Palace collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1002

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