Portrait of a Young Woman

Besides scenes of everyday life, Gerrit Dou also produced a number of small, meticulously executed and elegant portraits. The sitter's identity has not yet been determined. She has the past been identified as the artist's wife, but in fact Dou never married. On grounds of style and costume this portrait can be dated to about 1655. There are pentimenti (alterations made by the artist to an area already painted) in the neck of the chemise.

Key facts

Artist dates
1613 - 1675
Full title
Portrait of a Young Woman
Date made
about 1655
Medium and support
Oil on oak
14.5 x 11.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery