• Portrait of a Young Woman

    Artist:
    Moreelse, Paulus. 1571-1638
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    74,5х62 cm

Moreelse, Paulus. 1571-1638

Portrait of a Young Woman

Holland, 1638

The Hermitage painting depicting a young woman in a pastoral costume is a typical example of the elegant “Arcadian” portraits produced by the Dutch painter Paulus Moreelse. This artist was active mainly in his native city of Utrecht, but his name was widely known not only in the Low Countries, but also in Italy where he worked for a time (before 1596). One of the main exponents of Northern Mannerism, this outstanding artist left an extensive legacy of works. He not only fulfilled numerous commissions from people of high status, but also proved his worth as an experienced teacher, training several major painters in his workshop. The model here is depicted half-length in light blue clothing with a deep neckline. She has a string of pearls and a tulip in a hairstyle that follows the French fashion of the 1630s (the appearance of the short garcette fringe and luxuriant locks of medium length is attributed to Queen Marie de’ Medici). She is holding a shepherdess’s staff and a bunch of tulips.

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Portrait of a Young Woman

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oil

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74,5х62 cm

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ГЭ-6914

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