Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1520
Quentin Metsys (Netherlandish, 14661530)
Oil on wood; 19 x 17 in. (48.3 x 43.2 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.47)
The sense of a suspended moment, so characteristic of Metsys's portraits, lends this work a particularly modern appearance, and suggests what Leonardo da Vinci called the "movements of the mind." A pendant portrait, representing the sitter's husband, is in a private collection, Switzerland.