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Woman with a Veil

Artist:
Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (Netherlandish, Beverwijk 1500–1559 Brussels)
Date:
1545
Medium:
Etching and engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 7/16 × 7 3/16 in. (21.4 × 18.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barbara and Howard Fox Gift, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.945
Not on view
Among Vermeyen’s remarkable and unusual etchings are several representations of anonymous female sitters shown half-length. The woman in this arresting image is depicted with a frankness atypical of the artist. Her gaze penetrates our space rather than avoids it, and she intimately engages the viewer through her sculptural solidity and state of half-dress, leading many to believe that Vermeyen depicted his wife or lover.
The Wife of the Artist

Tajan, Paris, sale June 27, 2013, lot 99; Vendor: Helmut H. Rumbler, Frankfurt
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 11, 2014–April 28, 2014.

Hollstein XXXVI.135.22; Popham 25; Passavant 11
Johann David Passavant Le Peintre-Graveur. Leipzig, 1860, cat. no. 11.

F. W. H. Hollstein Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts. vols. 1-64, Amsterdam, 1954–2010, cat. no. XXXVI.135.22.



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