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Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Portrait of an Unknown Woman Portrait of an Unknown Woman

By Judith Jansdr Leyster

Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Portrait of an Unknown Woman Portrait of an Unknown Woman

A woman in a dark dress, with an expensive wide collar; a ‘millstone collar’. Judith Leyster was the first woman to become a member of Haarlem’s Saint Lucas guild of painters. She took her name from her father’s distillery, De Leystarre. Whether Leyster studied under Frans Hals (1582/3-1666) – as is commonly assumed – is debatable. While she did build on innovations that Hals had introduced into painting, she did so in her own way. This painting was long thought to have been by Frans Hals. Judith Leyster’s monogram, JL*, was simply overlooked.

Year

1635

On display

Yes

Material

olieverf op paneel | oil on panel

Dimensions

54 x 41 cm (21 1/4 x 16 1/8in.)

Credit

Aangekocht met steun van de Vereniging Rembrandt.

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