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A Young Woman

A Young Woman

1640

Gerrit Dou

(Dutch, 1613-1675)

Oil on wood

Framed: 35 x 31 x 5 cm (13 3/4 x 12 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 16.3 x 12.1 cm (6 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Bequest of William G. Mather 1951.325

Description

This painting may depict a specific person as in a traditional portrait. The less formal costume and the tight focus on the head, however, may mean that it is a tronie, a popular category of painting among Dutch painters in the 1600s. While painted from living models, tronies represent more general types of people, designed as beautiful images rather than accurate likenesses of people known to their patrons.

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