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Portrait of a Lady

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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This portrait shows the competent linear style that made Van Mierevelt a favoured artist of The Hague court. The image is restrained and conservative in technique and composition, with the details of costume and face rendered with the same meticulous care. The lady’s dark dress, lavishly embroidered bodice and ruff are typical of Netherlandish dress at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Linen ruffs first became fashionable dress for men and women in the sixteenth century, and persisted in the Netherlands into the seventeenth century, becoming increasingly larger and more elaborate as seen here.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

1628

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 61.7 x W 56.1 cm

Accession number

P66

Acquisition method

acquired by Sir Richard Wallace, possibly 1872; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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