“Portrait of a Girl,” Juan de Flandes – overview of the painting

“Portrait of a Girl,” Juan de Flandes – overview of the painting
“Portrait of a Girl,” Juan de Flandes - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Juan Flandes
  • Museum: Thyssen-Bornemis Museum
  • Year: Around 1496-1505

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of a girl – Juan de Flandes. Around 1496-1505. Wood, butter. 32×22

   Juan de Flandes – a Spanish painter, one of the largest representatives of the Renaissance, was from the Netherlands. His nickname indicates origin, and his real name remains unknown. Flandes was an artist at the court of Queen Isabella. In the works of Flandes, the influence of the Northern Renaissance is felt, in particular, the similarity with the works of Jan van Eik, Hugo van der Gus and Michel Zittov. His works reflected typical features of Dutch portrait painting of the 15th century: attention to the human person, its spiritual and psychological depth, transmitted with unique plasticity and expressiveness. It is believed that Flandes wrote several portraits of representatives of the ruling Spanish dynasty.

   The brush of the master also belongs to this lovely submersible portrait of the young Spanish princess, possibly Catalina of Aragon. The undisclosed rose bud in the girl’s hand – the Tudor emblem – symbolizes its purity. In all likelihood, the portrait was written in anticipation of her engagement with Arthur, Prince of Wales.