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Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, Portrait of a Lady

Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Lady
Artist Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden
Artist dates about 1399 - 1464
Date made about 1460
Medium and support Oil with egg tempera on oak
Dimensions 37 × 27.1 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Lyne Stephens, 1895
Inventory number NG1433
Location Room 27
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of a Lady
Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden

We do not know the identity of this elegant young lady. Her clothes are not especially extravagant and she was perhaps a gentlewoman rather than an aristocrat.

The painting is a good example of Rogier van der Weyden’s style of portraiture. A similar, slightly smaller portrait in Washington (National Gallery of Art) is securely attributed to the artist and is of markedly higher quality, both in drawing and execution. Our painting should be attributed to an assistant or follower, who had learned much from his mentor and who may have been trying to emulate the Washington portrait or something like it.

On the back of this panel is a very damaged painting of Christ crowned with thorns. It is unusual, although not unique, to find a religious image on the back of a portrait.

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