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Portrait of a Young Woman

Cornelis de Vos (Flemish, Hulst 1584/85–1651 Antwerp)
Oil on canvas
46 1/2 x 37 1/4 in. (118.1 x 94.6 cm), including added strip of 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) at top
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:
Not on view
?Delbecq (or De La Becque), Ghent; private collection, Paris (until 1870); William T. Blodgett, Paris (from 1870; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, Paris, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1870–71; sold to MMA)
[New York?]. Best & Co. November 18–29, 1963, no catalogue?

Jozef Muls. Cornelis de Vos: Schilder van Hulst. Antwerp, [1932], p. 78.

Edith Greindl in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Vol. 34, Leipzig, 1940, p. 552, as by Cornelis de Vos.

Edith Greindl. Corneille de Vos, portraitiste flamand (1584–1651). Brussels, 1944, pp. 81, 148–49, erroneously records an attribution by Valentiner to Van Dyck [see MMA 89.15.37], and states that it was in the collection of the comte Cornet, Brussels, in 1871; dates it about 1625.

Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 618, no. 1640, ill., dates it about 1635 on the basis of costume.

Edith Greindl. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. October 18, 1973, reaffirms her attribution to Cornelis de Vos, dating it about 1630–35.

Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 273–74; vol. 2, pl. 106, observes that the composition and execution are characteristic of Cornelis de Vos in the early 1630s, the period indicated by the hairstyle and dress.

Katlijne van der Stighelen. De portretten van Cornelis de Vos (1584/5–1651): een kritische catalogus. Brussels, 1990, pp. 187–89, no. 77, ill., calls it typical of Cornelis de Vos's work of the mid-1630s.

Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, pp. 13, 20, 374, no. 488, ill. p. 374 and figs. 2, 8 (included in Frank Waller's painting, "Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art When on Fourteenth Street," MMA 95.29).

Harold Koda. Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2001, p. 30, ill. (color, cropped).

Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 182, 197, 216, 244–45, appendix 1A no. 136, ill. p. 216 and fig. 40 (depicted in MMA 95.29).

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