This may be the earliest surviving portrait by Rogier van der Weyden, and is probably also his liveliest, due to the woman’s open look, directed straight at the viewer, and the intelligent, almost challenging expression in her face. Her hands and the details of her clothing have been painted with intense precision. These details, and equally the composition, reveal the inspiration of Jan van Eyck, which was very marked in the art of Rogier in the period around 1440. The identity of the young woman is unknown. Her bonnet shows her to be a married woman; the superior but not luxurious clothing indicates a woman from the middle class, who may have lived in Brussels.


  • Title: Portrait of a Woman with a Winged Bonnet
  • Creator: Rogier van der Weyden
  • Date Created: around 1440
  • Physical Dimensions: w32.0 x h47.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on oak wood
  • Style: Netherlandish
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stephan Kemperdick // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Volker-H. Schneider
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Rogier van der Weyden was an early Netherlandish painter and a student of Robert Campin. He gained the title of master on 1 August 1432. Between 1436 and 1437 he was awarded the post of official city painter of Brussels. Van der Weyden exerted considerable influence on European painting, not only in France and Germany but as far away as Italy and Spain, due to his vigorous, subtle, expressive painting and popular religious conceptions. The detail in his work is painted in a stunningly realistic and affectionate way. His most famous paintings were four large panels representing the Justice of Trajan and Justice of Herkenbald. These panels were commissioned by the city of Brussels for the golden chamber of the Brussels town hall.
  • Artist Place of Death: Brussels, Belgium
  • Artist Place of Birth: Tournai, France
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1399/1464

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