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A Woman holding a Mirror
Pieter Codde

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 Pieter Codde
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 Room 28
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