Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck: Vorstudie für den Kopf des Städel-Bildnisses, um 1642-1645, Kreidezeichnung, Inv.-Nr. 2852, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kupferstichkabinett
Like Frans Hals, Verspronck was a gifted portrait painter working in Haarlem in the mid-seventeenth century. The oblique view with the head turned outwards lends spontaneity to this portrait of a lady, who seems to be sitting up in her chair to look in our direction. The millstone ruff, bonnet, lace-trimmed sleeves and inconspicuous but multiple and varied pieces of jewellery discreetly emphasise the affluence of this self-confident patrician woman. The portrait thus perfectly satisfies the demand for status representation typical of Dutch society at that time.