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.


A. Creutzer/M. Lempertz, Aachen. Katalog der reichhaltingen Kunst-Sammlung aus dem Nachlasse des Herrn Cornel Kämpfer zu Aachen. August 4-5, 1905 p. 19, lot 205.

Lepke, Berlin. Galerie eines Altösterreichischen Sammlers: Gemälde des XV.-XVIII. Jahrhunderts [...]. April 30, 1929 p. 22, lot 69, fig. 30.

Parke-Bernet, New York. XVII & XVIII Century Paintings [...]. January 12, 1955 p. 17, lot 28, ill.

Christie's, London. Pictures by Old Masters. May 19, 1967 p. 15, lot 70.

Christie's, London. Pictures by Old Masters [...]. June 16, 1967 p. 16, lot 53, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972) p. 82, no. 106.

Blankert, Albert. Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680): Rembrandt's Pupil (Doornspijk: Davaco, 1982) p. 189, no. R247, fig. 129.

Sumowski, Werner. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. 6 vols. (Landau, Germany: Edition PVA, 1983) vol. 1, p. 199, no. 49, fig. 49.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986) p. 146.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 5, ill.

Brink, Peter van den, and Jaap van der Veen. Jacob Backer (1608/9-1651), exh. cat. (Amsterdam: Museum Het Rembrandthuis, 2008) p. 162, under no. 34, entry by Peter van den Brink; p. 246, no. A120, ill.

Brink, Peter van den. " 'Uitmuntend schilder in het groot' [...] Der Maler und Zeichner Jacob Adriaensz. Backer." In Jacob Backer (1608/9-1651), exh. cat. Peter van den Brink and Jaap van der Veen, eds. (Amsterdam: Museum Het Rembrandthuis, 2008) pp. 59-60, fig. 59.