Portrait of Mrs. Leneve

Portrait of Mrs. Leneve

c. 1657

Peter Lely

(British, 1618-1680)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 157.5 x 132.5 x 13 cm (62 x 52 3/16 x 5 1/8 in.); Unframed: 126.7 x 101.3 cm (49 7/8 x 39 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Otto Miller 1942.247

Fun Fact

Long, slender fingers signified aristocratic elegance when this portrait was painted.


Mrs. Leneve appears as a voluptuous beauty, facing the viewer with her large, symmetrical, almond-shaped eyes. Her ample shoulders, curled hair, long slender fingers, and fleshiness under her chin conform to the ideals of beauty in the 1600s. Equally important in this conception of beauty was the more elusive quality of grace and effortless movement. Lely achieves this through the sitter’s elegant pose.

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Oil on canvas

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