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Young Woman Assisted by a Gentleman

Object Details

Title:

Young Woman Assisted by a Gentleman

Artist/Maker:

Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael (Dutch, 1566 - 1638)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1609–1611

Medium:

Pen and black ink, gray wash, and white gouache heightening

Object Number:

85.GA.230

Dimensions:

19.4 × 24.9 cm (7 5/8 × 9 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

The Dutch Prince Mauritius of Orange lifts up Belgica, a female allegorical figure symbolizing the Flemish people, who turns hopefully toward him. The prince also directs her attention to the barge in the background, the "turf ship of Breda." This barge had secretly carried the prince's troops into Breda's harbor to capture the town from the Spanish in 1590, an important incident from the Eighty Years' War for Dutch independence

A pair of shadowy trees and bushes sharply divides the foreground figures from the background harbor scene. Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael used dark gray wash on the foliage as an effective contrast to the brilliant white on the people and the buildings. White hatching creates texture on Belgica's dress and gleams from Prince Mauritius's armor, and white highlights illuminate the towers and steeples of Breda in the distance.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
17th Century Dutch Drawings (July 21 to October 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 21 to October 4, 1992
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994
Disegno: Drawing in Europe 1520-1600 (November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Joachim Wtewael (February 21, 2015 to January 31, 2016)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), June 28 to October 4, 2015
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (July 24 to October 28, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 24 to October 28, 2018