Portrait of a Woman

Object Details


Portrait of a Woman


Jacob Adriaensz Backer (Dutch, 1608 - 1651)




about 1647


Oil on canvas


95.3 x 74.9 cm (37 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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A woman poses in front of a parapet, over which an Oriental carpet hangs. She wears a dress of luxurious, heavily brocaded fabric with a daring neckline. Strings of pearls wrap across her shoulders, wrist, and around her headpiece. Her face and chest are brightly lit, and she looks out at the viewer with an assertive gaze. Although her identity is unknown, she is obviously a woman of status and wealth. Jacob Adriaensz. Backer derived the woman's pose from Rembrandt, whose work greatly influenced him.

- 1905

Cornel Kämpfer [sold, Cornel Kämpfer sale, A. Creutzer/M. Lempertz, Aachen, April 4-5, 1905, lot 205.]

about 1905 - 1921

Possibly Jules Porgès, 1839 - 1921 (Paris, France)

- 1929

Private Collection (Austria) [sold, Lepke, Berlin, April 30, 1929, lot 69.]

- 1948

David Schnur, 1882 - 1948 (Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; New York, New York)

1948 - 1955

Mrs. Else Schnur (New York, New York) [sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 12, 1955, lot 28, to Marco J. Heidner.]

1955 - 1967

Marco J. Heidner [unsold, Heidner sale, Christie's, London, May 19, 1967, lot 70; sold, Heidner sale, Christie's, London, June 16, 1967, lot 53, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]


Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1967.

1967 - 1971

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.