Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck
Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck
Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair
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Preliminary drawing

Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck: Vorstudie für den Kopf des Städel-Bildnisses, um 1642-1645, Kreidezeichnung, Inv.-Nr. 2852, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kupferstichkabinett

Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck

Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, ca. 1642 – 1645


Dimensions
98.0 x 80.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
703
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

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.

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Title
Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair
Painter
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817

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Primary
  • 61BB111(+53) anonymous historical person portrayed alone - BB - woman (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31D15(+4) adult woman (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
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16.09.2019