Portrait of a Woman

Artist: Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)

Date: ca. 1650, reworked probably 18th century

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 39 3/8 x 32 1/4 in. (100 x 81.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890

Accession Number: 91.26.10


The picture dates from about 1650 and originally had a neutral background, as in the Marquand Portrait of a Man (91.26.9). In the 1660s or later the work was modernized by repainting the background; the monumental architecture in particular is unsympathetic to the figure's friendly gaze and natural pose. The paint surface is worn and has been flattened by lining.