Portrait of a lady, Rogir van der Weiden – description

Portrait of a lady, Rogir van der Weiden – description
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  • Posted by Rogir van der Weiden
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: Around 1460

Description of the picture :

Portrait of the lady – Rogir van der Weiden. Wood, butter. 34 x 25.5

   The largest master of the Dutch Renaissance, Rogir van der Weiden, was an outstanding portrait painter, a vivid confirmation of which is “Portrait of a Lady”, as beautiful as mysterious.

   Weiden depicted a young woman in a three-fourth turn against a dark background, thanks to which nothing distracts from the contemplation of a bright face model with eyebrows plucked in fashion of that time. The model’s face is gracefully lit, but color contrasts are not visible on its skin. A tall forehead decorated with transparent hats seems domed.

   A typical feature of Van der Weiden’s art is the careful detail of the pins that fix the veil. The black dress is tightened with a red silk belt just below the chest. The woman is immersed in herself, her eyes are lowered, and her folded arms and tight-fitting thin fingers speak of closeness from the outside world. The psychological characteristic of the model indicates a contemplative, even ascetic nature, but full lips give out the other – sensual and passionate, which suggests an unresolved conflict in its individuality.