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ID: 700002113Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Head of a Woman (painting (visual work); Michael Sweerts (Flemish, 1618 - 1664) (Flemish Artist); about 1654; J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles, Los A...; 78.PB.259)
Note: A woman, her thin hair tightly wrapped in a white scarf, looks out at the viewer with teary eyes and a toothless smile. The urban poor of Rome and the peasants of the neighboring countryside inspired Michael Sweerts during his stay in Italy in the mid-1600s. The practice of painting the lower classes was relatively new at the time, and pictures of the poor were often derisive caricatures. Sweerts, however, treated his subject with compassion, vividly capturing the woman's inner beauty while accurately recording her external appearance: the loose skin, thinning hair, and wart on the left side of her face
Head of a Woman (preferred,C,U,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
painting (visual work) [300033618] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

paintings (preferred)

Creation Date: about 1654

Creator Display:
Michael Sweerts (Flemish, 1618 - 1664) (Flemish Artist) [preferred,JPGM]
Sweerts, Michael (Flemish painter, 1618-1664, active in Italy, Syria, and India) [500026983]
Current: J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles, Los Angeles county, California, United States) [500329598] J. Paul Getty Museum, J. Paul Getty Trust, Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: 78.PB.259
Display Materials: Oil on panel
oil paint (paint) [300015050]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>, paint (coating), <paint by composition or origin>)
panels (wood) [300014657]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood products>, wood (plant material), <wood by form or function>)

Dimensions: Unframed: 50.6 x 37.5 cm (19 15/16 x 14 3/4 in.); Framed: 67.9 x 56.4 x 4.8 cm (26 3/4 x 22 3/16 x 1 7/8 in.)
Flemish (preferred)

Baroque [300021147] (preferred,style)
.....(Styles and Periods Facet, Styles and Periods, <styles| periods| and cultures by region>, European, <Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods>)

General Subject:
portrait (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
woman (female human) [300025943]
.....(Agents Facet, People, people (agents), <people by gender>) (AAT)
peasant [300230852]
.....(Agents Facet, People, people (agents), <people by occupation>, scientists and people in science-related occupations, <people in science-related occupations>, <people in agriculture or natural resource occupations>, <people in agriculture>, farmers) (AAT)
portraits [300015637]
.....(Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by subject type>) (AAT)

Provenance: Herner-Wengraf Ltd., by 1974 - and Rafael Valls Limited, by 1974 - Private Collection Richard L. Feigen & Co. (New York), - 1978
List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Work
Sources and Contributors:
Head of a Woman........ [JPGM]
........ J. Paul Getty Museum database for collections (2000-)
Subject: ....... [JPGM,VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
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