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Portrait of a Woman

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Portrait of a Woman


Jan Mytens (Dutch, about 1614 - 1670)






Oil on canvas

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69.9 × 57.2 cm (27 1/2 × 22 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Standing before a wooded landscape, an unknown woman looks out at the viewer while plucking a sprig from a fruit tree. Her pale violet silk dress that shimmers where it catches the light, her elaborately styled hair, and the pearls adorning her hair, ears, and neck identify her as a woman of status.

Jan Mytens specialized in portraiture in The Hague, Netherlands, where he enjoyed the patronage of the members of the highest level of society, including the royal court. As in this painting, he often depicted his elegant sitters in half-length standing before idyllic landscapes.

- 1936

Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

1936 - 1938

Estate of Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Mensing sale, Frederik Muller & Cie. (direction de Mensing et Fils), Amsterdam, November 15, 1938, lot 64, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1979

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.


Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam. Collection de feu M.- Ant. W. M. Mensing d'Amsterdam: Catalogue des tableaux anciens. November 15, 1938, p. 16, lot 64, ill.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986), p. 343.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 90, ill.

Wieseman, Marjorie E. Caspar Netscher and Late Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting (Doornspijk: Davaco, 2002), p. 396, no. C315.

Bauer, Alexandra Nina. Jan Mijtens (1613/14-1670): Leben und Werk (Petersberg: Michael Imhof, 2006), pp. 201-2, 387, no. A 72, ill.