Woman in a Red Dress and Pearls

Govaert Flinck (Dutch, 1615-1660)

Currently on View in H215
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Active in Rembrandt’s studio when he made this painting, Flinck may have used the master’s young bride Saskia as his model. Yet the fantastic ornamentation—including the prominent pearls, the diaphanous gold and blue veil, and the exotic headgear—as well as the half-shadowed face and the averted gaze demonstrate this to be a tronie, a study of a figure involving theatrical manipulations of light, costume, and even facial expression. Several related paintings from Rembrandt’s studio exist today. The signature at lower right reflects that Rembrandt sold work by Flinck under his own branded name—a fact reported by an early 18th-century biography of Flinck.

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

Object Information

artist
Govaert Flinck (Dutch, 1615-1660)
creation date
1634
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
24-3/8 x 19-1/4 in.
accession number
56.62
credit line
Gift of Marguerite Lilly Noyes in memory of Josiah Kirby Lilly
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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