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This painting may depict a specific person as in a traditional portrait. The less formal costume and the tight focus on the head, however, may mean that it is a <em>tronie</em>, a popular category of painting among Dutch painters in the 1600s. While painted from living models, tronies represent more general types of people, designed as beautiful images rather than accurate likenesses of people known to their patrons.

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  • Title: A Young Woman
  • Creator: Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675)
  • Date Created: 1640
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 35 x 31 x 5 cm (13 3/4 x 12 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 16.3 x 12.1 cm (6 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Comte d’Oultremont, Brussels, 1842, [Henry Reinhardt, New York], William G. Mather, Cleveland, 1912., Bequest of William G. Mather, 1951.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1951.325
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • Inscriptions: Signed left center: "GDov."; "[GD in monogram]"
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Netherlands, 17th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of William G. Mather
  • Collection: P - Netherlandish-Dutch
  • Accession Number: 1951.325

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