This portrait of an unknown woman belongs with the portrait of a man that also hangs in this room. The man had been at the Mauritshuis since 1953, all on his own. In 1996 the portrait of the woman was donated to the museum. She turned out to be painted on the same oak as the man, and the pair have since been reunited.
Where these small paintings have been and who Pietersz was depicting is unknown. What we do know is the age of his sitters, thanks to the Latin inscription: Anno 1597, my age 60.
Katz Gallery, Dieren (sold on 7 August 1940 for 377 guilders to Miedl as by Th. Key); A. Miedl, Amsterdam (sold to Bankhaus Witzig & Co); Bankhaus Witzig & Co, Munich; Central Collecting Point. Munich, no. 15508, 20 November 1945 – 29 March 1946; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit; sold at sale Amsterdam (Frederik Muller & Cie), 11-18 March 1952, no. 701 (for 310 guilders to De Boer as by Th. Key); P. de Boer Gallery, Amsterdam, 1952; private collection (anonymous sale, Amsterdam [Christie’s], 13 November 1995, no. 66, unsold); acquired with a gift from C.W. van Blijenburgh, Hilversum, 1996