"Portrait of a Lady", 1667, by Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667). Dating to the last year of Metsu's tragically short life, this exquisitely preserved panel reveals the elegant and ornate style that he was developing in response to trends in contemporary Dutch portraiture at mid-century. Although unidentified, the sitter was a woman of status and wealth as evidenced by the opulence of her dress and furnishings.
Petronella Elias (1648–1667) with a Basket of Fruit Artist: Ferdinand Bol (Dutch, Dordrecht 1616–1680 Amsterdam) Date: 1657 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 31 5/8 x 26 in. (80.3 x 66 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Purchase, George T. Delacorte Jr. Gift, 1957
"Portrait of a Woman" by Ferdinand Bol (1642) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "This is one of three portraits of women by Bol inscribed 1642, the earliest known date on paintings by him. The Dordrecht artist studied with Rembrandt about 1636–41, and then became one of Amsterdam’s most successful portraitists. Despite the rich display of lace and jewelry in this picture its most appealing aspect is the sitter’s sense of character..."