Portrait of a Woman

Nicolaes Maes1680

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum

The composition of the painting is very typical of Maes: a person of consequence in an imaginary garden leaning on an object. His portraits seldom display much closeness to reality but rather were cherished by the viewers and owners as ideal representations of culture, affluence and high rank. This portrait was probably painted about 1680 and would have had a pendant male portrait. The painting is signed MAES in the foreground of the fountain.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Woman
  • Date Created: 1680
  • Tags: Dutch
  • Provenance: H.I.A. Raedt van Oldenbarnevelt, The Hague, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam 1902, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Johanna Kempe, Stockholm
  • Physical Dimensions: w485 x h600 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Nicholas Maes
  • Artist info: Maes, who although born in Dordrecht, was a pupil of Rembrandt in Amsterdam, began his career as a painter of religious and genre scenes. However after 1660 he devoted himself exclusively to producing small-scale portraits of this type of which several hundred survive.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Image DIG 4487