Portrait of a Woman

DATE:
16th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Oil on panel
CLASSIFICATION:
Paintings
DIMENSIONS:
Panel dimensions: 22 3/4 × 18 in. (57.79 × 45.72 cm) Framed dimensions: 34 1/8 × 29 1/4 × 2 in. (86.68 × 74.3 × 5.08 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
European Art
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Chester Dale
OBJECT NUMBER:
1963.173

General Description

Though we do not know the name of its maker or sitter, we can draw certain conclusions about this painting based on close observation. The woman’s costly attire—a fur-lined jacket, white lace ruffs, and finely woven handkerchief, and abundant jewelry—indicate she belonged to a wealthy family. At the time, viewers would have associated this display of riches with the family crest shown in the upper left corner. In 16th-century German portraiture, the sitter’s status and lineage were of primary concern; paintings like this were often used to negotiate or celebrate marriages, or to reinforce a family’s stature.

Excerpt from

DMA label copy, 2018.