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Portrait of a Lady

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Hals, Frans
Dutch, 1582/83-1666

About this artwork

Frans Hals, one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the 17th century, demonstrated here his signature verve in inscribing decoration on black satin and capturing the freshness of his subject’s skin. Adopting the portrait conventions established by such specialists as Paulus Moreelse, Hals enlivened this sitter through the application of loose brushstrokes to create highlights on her lace cap and brocaded bodice. The plain background, which bears the date of the painting and the age of the sitter, focuses attention on the 33-year-old woman’s face and fine attire.


On View, Gallery 213


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Frans Hals


Portrait of a Lady


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed and dated AETAT SUAE 33/ANO 1627


86.5 × 70.7 cm (34 1/4 × 27 13/16 in.)

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Max and Leola Epstein Collection

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