Portrait of a Young Woman

Object Details


Portrait of a Young Woman


Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy (Dutch, 1590/1591 - 1654/1656)






Oil on panel


118.7 x 90.2 cm (46 3/4 x 35 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Painted to commemorate her marriage, this portrait of an unknown young woman is the pendant to Nicolaes Pickenoy's Portrait of a Man. An inscription dates the painting to 1632 and gives her age as twenty-one. As was common in such pairs of paintings, the young woman's three-quarter pose matches her husband's: each turns slightly toward the other while facing the viewer.

Pickenoy was particularly adept at meticulously rendering details of his sitter's costumes, seen here in this carefully accurate portrait of a middle-class patron. The sitter is distinguished by her costume of rich black satin with a gold-embroidered bodice. Delicate white lace forms her elegant cuffs and headdress. An enormous, pleated collar surrounds her neck. She wears gold jewelry around her waist, neck, and wrists; a ring adorns her right hand. In her left hand she holds a pair of gray silk gloves embroidered in multi-colored silk threads.

by 1904 -

Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell, Ltd. (London, England)

- 1906

Edward Maynard Denny, about 1832 - 1906 (London, England) [sold, Denny sale, Christie's, London. March 31, 1906, lot 56, through Gooden & Fox (London, England) to Louis E. Raphael.]

1906 -

Louis E. Raphael (London, England), by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Henriette Raphael.

- 1926

Mrs. Henriette (Goldschmidt) Raphael, 1877 - 1926 (London, England), upon her death, held in trust by the estate.

1926 - 1927

Estate of Mrs. Henriette (Goldschmidt) Raphael, 1877 - 1926 (London, England) [sold, Raphael sale, Christie's, London, May 20, 1927, lot 17, to Anton W. M. Mensing.]

1927 - 1936

Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1936 - 1938

Estate of Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Anton W. M. Mensing sale, Frederik Muller & Cie. (direction de Mensing & Fils), Amsterdam, November 15, 1938, lot 82, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1954

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1954.

Tentoonstelling van Oude Kunst door de Mereeniging van handelaren in Oude Kunst in Nederland (1929) (46)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), 1929
Exhibition of Dutch Art 1450 - 1900 (January 4 to March 9, 1929) (Cat. 75)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929
The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (March 26 to April 30, 1944) (Cat. 30)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (Los Angeles), March 26 to April 30, 1944