This 'Girl dressed in blue' is one of the best-known children's portraits from the 17th century. The delicate portrait is worked out in great detail. Johannes Verspronck lived and worked in Haarlem, like his contemporary Frans Hals. But his painting style was quite different from that of his illustrious fellow citizen. Where Hals favoured a bold brushstroke applied with flair, Verspronck opted for a refined style and a barely visible brushstroke.

From the Augusteum (Oldenburg). Gift of the Vereniging Rembrandt from the estate of Mr. M.P. Voûte Sr., 1928.


  • Title: Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue
  • Creator: Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck
  • Creator's place of death: Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Creator's place of birth: Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Date created: 1641
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: From the Augusteum, Oldenburg; Lent by M.P. Voûte, Amsterdam, 1922; Bequeathed to the Vereniging Rembrandt, which presented it to the Rijksmuseum in 1928
  • Physical Dimensions: w665 x h820 mm
  • Original Title: Portret van een meisje in het blauw
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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