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Robert Campin: 'A Woman'
This painting is part of the group: A Man and a Woman

This portrait and the portrait of 'A Man', presumably of a husband and wife, are a pair and were perhaps originally joined together as a diptych. The backs are marbled, which suggests that they were not intended to be hung against a wall.

The sitters may have been prosperous townspeople from Tournai, where Campin worked. They both wear fur-lined gowns; the man has a red head-dress made from a piece of red fabric wound round his head and the woman's head-dress consists of several thicknesses of white cloth held together with pins.

The heads of Campin's sitters occupy almost the entire surface of the painting. All the details of face and hat are evenly lit and clearly visible. Subtle variations of colour suggest the man's reddened skin and wrinkles. The graduated tones of the irises of his eyes give the impression of light glowing within. The woman's eyes sparkle: Campin has put catchlights in the whites so that they as well as the pupils shine.

Other paintings in this group: A Man and a Woman

A Man
Robert Campin
about 1435
A Man

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