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, room 2

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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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14.05.2024