She was the daughter of Jan van Hemessen, a painter in Antwerp. In 1556 she was apparently in Spain with Mary of Hungary. Most of the signed pictures are small female portraits.
Catharina van Hemessen
1527/8 - after 1566?
Paintings by Catharina van Hemessen
The Latin inscription in the top right corner names the female artist: CATHARINA. FILIA /IOHANNIS DE HEMES/SEN PINGEBAT. 1552. (‘Catharina, daughter of Johannes de Hemessen was painting [it]. 1552.’).We don't know the sitter’s identity but he was clearly a wealthy man. His belt has gold ornaments...
Not on display
Catharina van Hemessen is the earliest female Flemish painter for whom verifiable work survives – we can see her name here in a Latin inscription in the top right corner. We don't know who the sitter was, but she was evidently wealthy. Her shirt, visible at her neck and wrists, is ornamented with...