A Woman holding a Mirror

The woman's features are not sufficiently individualised for this to be a portrait, nor is it likely to be an allegory of Pride ('Superbia'), since the woman does not admire her features in the mirror. Instead, it may be a 'vanitas' (a picture symbolising the vanities and transience of human life), or simply a scene from everyday life.

This seems to be Codde's earliest dated work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1599 - 1678
Full title
A Woman holding a Mirror
Date made
1625
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
38.1 x 33.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2584
Location in Gallery