Portrait of a Young Woman with Her Hair Down, Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer
Portrait of a Young Woman with Her Hair Down
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Albrecht Dürer

Portrait of a Young Woman with Her Hair Down, 1497


Dimensions
56.3 x 43.2 cm
Physical Description
Water colours on canvas
Inventory Number
937
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

A companion piece to this piously staged portrait of a woman can be found in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. The latter work shows a second young woman with her hair pinned up, holding plants whose symbolic meaning is clearly erotic. For a long time it was assumed that Dürer had portrayed two members of a patrician dynasty - possibly two sisters, one of whom was destined to become a nun, while the other was about to be married. However, the coat of arms of the Fürleger family, which can be made out in the background, was added at a later date, so that the identity of the two women remains a mystery to this day.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of a Young Woman with Her Hair Down
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Water colours on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert und monogrammiert in der linken oberen Ecke: 1·4·9·7· / AD
Links oben, unterhalb des Monogramms Wappen der Nürnberger Familie Fürleger: Wappenschild (blaues Feld mit zwei einander zugekehrten silbernen Barben; dazwischen ein gestürztes lateinisches Kreuz in Rot, den Barben aus dem Maul wachsend)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849

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Motifs and References

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Main Motif
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Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31A2522 hands folded
  • 11Q21 one person praying
Secondary
Alternative
  • 61BB2(FÜRLEGER,Katharina)11(+53) historical person (FÜRLEGER,Katharina) - BB - woman - historical person (FÜRLEGER,Katharina) portrayed alone (+ half-length portrait)

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12.01.2021