About this artwork

In spite of the presence of a coat of arms, date and sitter’s age, it has not as yet proved possible to identify the woman in this portrait. The heraldic shield belongs to the Flemish family De Grave, which had established itself in Andalucía, Spain. It has been suggested that the love knots surrounding the coat of arms indicate that the lady was married, but this is not necessarily the case. This painting is a good example of Pourbus’s portraiture. The girl’s fine features have been painted with delicate brushstrokes, and despite her conventional pose, Pourbus has imparted a strong individuality and vitality to her appearance.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Pieter PourbusFlemish (1523/4 - 1584)
  • title:
    A Married Lady of Bruges, aged 26
  • date created:
    Dated 1565
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    49.40 x 39.90 cm; Framed: 68.50 x 59.00 x 6.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1909
  • accession number:
    NG 991
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Pieter Pourbus

Pieter Pourbus