Portrait of a Lady
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums, © Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums

In keeping with portraiture conventions of the Jacobean period, Geeraerts placed less emphasis on the sitter’s character in this painting and instead focused on the decorative interior and costume.

Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, her highly ornate costume suggests that we are viewing a lady of the court of King James I. The dress is adorned with deep yellow lace, a short-lived fashion of the 1620s, while the low-cut décolleté and the decorative use of ribbon rather than jewellery suggest a more informal dress.

The emphasis on stylised elaboration in this painting contrasts with the animated portraits painted by Anthony van Dyck in England just a few years later, also on view in Room 31.

Key facts

Artist dates
1561 - 1635
Full title
Portrait of a Lady
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
204.5 × 117.5 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums
Inventory number
Location in Gallery