Portrait of a Woman

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Woman

Artist/Maker(s):

David Bailly (Dutch, 1584 - 1657)

Culture:

Dutch

Place(s):

Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

1629

Medium:

Pen and light and dark brown ink; framing line in dark brown ink; pupils incised by the artist

Dimensions:

12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

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David Bailly concentrated his meticulous technique on the details of this woman's face, which pops out of the more sketchily rendered costume, giving an almost three-dimensional effect. He played with the more unusual circular format, echoing its roundness with the girl's head, cap, and stiff lace collar, and added expression to her eyes by scratching the paper to create her pupils' white highlights. Influenced by the relaxed approach to portraiture that took hold in Holland around the beginning of the 1600s, Bailly gave the girl expressive eyes, the hint of a smile, and stray locks of hair coming loose from her formal lace headdress.

With drawings like this one, Bailly continued the tradition of miniature portrait drawings and engravings that Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn II had established at the end of the 1500s. Bailly also adopted De Gheyn's technique of hatched and stippled modeling in two tones of brown ink.

Exhibitions
17th Century Dutch Drawings (July 21 to October 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 21 to October 4, 1992
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005