Hans Holbein the Younger (formerly attributed to) Portrait of a Woman from Southern Germany
On view in Room 7
Over a finely pleated collared blouse, this unknown woman is wearing a fur-lined jacket (a ‘Bürstlein’), which she has fastened with a red cord. On her head, she has a rather old-fashioned cap and veil, like those worn by townswomen in Southern Germany. Her pale face stands out well against the blue background.
For a long time, the painting was attributed to the German painter Hans Holbein, who painted similar portraits.
Hans Holbein the Younger (Augsburg 1497/1498 - 1543 London) (formerly attributed to)
Portrait of a Woman from Southern Germany
On view in
Material and technical details
45 x 34 cm
on the verso: CR a brandmark with the crowned monogram 'CR' of Charles I
King Charles I, London, before 1649; very probably Joan de Vries, Amsterdam and his heir, Catharina de Vries; by inheritance to Anna van Aelst, Amsterdam; her sale Amsterdam, 13 October 1738, no. 3; (?) sale Gerard Bicker van Swieten, The Hague, 12 April 1741, no. 179; Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 13 (as Leonardo da Vinci); the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822