Portrait of a Woman

Quinten Massys Netherlandish

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Departing from earlier devotional portraits, the sitter appears distracted from her prayer book by something on our side of the frame. This portrait reflects humanist interests and a modern approach to portraiture. Beyond indicating her piety, Massys focused on more individual, human aspects of the sitter, such as the very natural position of her fingers between the pages.

Portrait of a Woman, Quinten Massys (Netherlandish, Leuven 1466–1530 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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