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  • Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1520
    Quentin Metsys (Netherlandish, 1466–1530)
    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.

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    Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1520
    Quentin Metsys (Netherlandish, 1466–1530)
    Oil on wood

    19 x 17 in. (48.3 x 43.2 cm)
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.47)


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