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ID number:  BIRBI-44.12
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Maes, Nicolaes (1634-1693)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a Lady
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Amsterdam
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1680/5
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  113.6 x 89.5 cm
Provenance:  Miss Hodson, London; purchased at Colnaghi's in 1944 for £2,400.

A note in the curatorial file states that Aileen Ribeiro, on a visit to the Barber Institute, believed the hairstyle was more likely to date from the 1680s rather than the 1670s.

The identity of this fashionably-dressed woman posed in a landscape is not known. The costume and her hairstyle suggest a date from the mid-1670s, after Maes had moved to Amsterdam and when he took up painting society portraits. Maes had hitherto specialized in genre scenes painted in the style of Rembrandt whose pupil he was in the 1640s. The artist’s new elegant style was derived from the works of Van Dyck which Maes saw on a trip to Antwerp in the late 1660s.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed I.I.: N MAES

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