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Portrait of a lady

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The identity of this elegantly and richly dressed lady is not known. The fur-lined coat is fairly unusual on 17th-century portraits of citizens and is an indication that the woman must have been so wealthy that she could permit herself this almost noble status. The suggestion that the person in the portrait may be Elysabeth Dell, with whom Ferdinand Bol wed in 1653, is not convincing. The composition suggests that the painting had a companion, in the form of a portrait of a man. If the woman is Elysabeth Dell, then Bol would have painted himself as a pendant to this painting.
What is strange is that all sorts of changes have been made to this portrait. It is still very obvious that the woman originally had a bunch of flowers in her hand and not a fan. Considerable changes have also been made to the contours, so that we can assume that the portrait originally looked completely different.

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Title Portrait of a lady
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 131,8 cm
Width 108 cm
Artists Schilder: Ferdinand Bol
Accession number 1070 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1866
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1866
Creation date in 1652
Age artist About 36 years old
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Ferdinand Bol

Dordrecht 1616 - Amsterdam 1680

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