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Portrait of a Young Lady

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


c. 1620


Paulus Moreelse (Dutch, 1571–1638)

About this artwork

The youthful subject of this portrait is bedecked in jewelry that features gold, gems, and pearls, much of which would have been imported from the Americas and the South Pacific in the early 17th century. Paulus Moreelse, who worked in Utrecht, specialized in court portraiture. The exceptional richness of this unknown woman’s dress—the intricate openwork of her lace collar and the spectacular oversized brooch—suggests that she was part of the court of the House of Orange-Nassau and thus belonged to the country’s elite.


On View, Gallery 213


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paulus Moreelse


Portrait of a Young Lady


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


71.5 × 57.4 cm (28 1/8 × 22 5/8 in.); Framed: 88.3 × 74.3 × 8.9 cm (34 3/4 × 29 1/4 × 3 1/2 in.)

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Max and Leola Epstein Collection

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