Portrait of a Little Girl

Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp (Dutch, 1594-either 1651 or 1652)

Currently on View in H215
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Cuyp specialized in bust- and half-length portraits, and he also portrayed many children. The girl here is clothed in attire typical of an adult, with an olive-green dress, white apron and collar, and pearl earrings. However, the small bird—a motif frequently appearing in pedagogical treatises to suggest discipline—alludes to her age. The carnation is a common symbol of divine love and resurrection in 17th-century portraits and appears frequently in images of the Virgin and Child. Cuyp seems to use these attributes to evoke the child’s obedience and piety.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at aschlagenhauff@discovernewfields.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp (Dutch, 1594-either 1651 or 1652)
creation date
oil on panel
23-3/4 x 18 in.
approximately 33 x 28 x 3-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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