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Portrait of a Woman, 1659

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 79.5 x 63 cm
  • Inv. 1914-CT

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Portraits of couples reaffirmed their mutual bond; this portrait also probably had a ‘male’ counterpart. Nor can it be discounted that the unknown woman was portrayed when she was thirty or thirty-three years of age. Reaching this stage of life was often the reason for commissioning a portrait. The ages relate to Christ’s life: his public life began when he was thirty and ended when he was thirty-three. The woman is wearing pearls, large drop earrings and a diamond-studded brooch. Such precious objects show her wealth, but simultaneously allude to transience.


Govert Flinck RKD
Kleef 1615 - Amsterdam 1660
painters (artists)AAT

Title Portrait of a Woman
Date 1659
Period 17th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year top right: g. flinck / 1659
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1914-CT
Acquisition credit bequest
Scribe, Fernand
Current whereabouts Work on display
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IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/654/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41D266 ornaments, jewels Iconclass
41D2661 necklace Iconclass
41D26611 pearl; pearl necklace Iconclass
41D2662 bracelet, wristlet Iconclass
41D2663 ear-rings Iconclass
41D2664 ring Iconclass
41D2665 brooch, agraffe, clasp Iconclass
61B11 anonymous historical person portrayed Iconclass
61BB111 anonymous historical person portrayed alone - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 56)
Guide du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, Orné de 52 reproductions de tableaux : Extrait du guide illustré de Gand / Jos. Casier. - Gand : Anc. Maison d'édition Vanderpoorten, 1949 (p. 29)
Govaert Flinck : 1615-1660 / Joachim Wolfgang Von Moltke. - Amsterdam : Menno Hertzberger & Co., 1965 (p. 145-146)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 88-89 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts Ghent : The Collection (exhibition opened on March 21th 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Ghent : Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2021
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