Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (Netherlandish, Beverwijk 1500–1559 Brussels)
Etching and engraving
Sheet: 8 7/16 × 7 3/16 in. (21.4 × 18.3 cm)
Purchase, Barbara and Howard Fox Gift, 2013
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.