Michaelina Wautier

The Education of the Virgin, 1656

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Women of the Mauritshuis

Meet the leading lady of the baroque: Michaelina Wautier (1604 - 1689). Most women who managed to become artists generally focused on one genre: floral still lifes - like Rachel Ruysch – or portraits. But not Michaelina Wautier. She could paint anything, from portraits to still lifes and from scenes from everyday life to history paintings. And often on huge canvases. History paintings were the most highly regarded genre, so they were painted almost exclusively by men. Michaelina Wautier’s were therefore often attributed to men. But this one wasn’t. She signed it with 'fecit' (made by) and ‘invenit' (devised by) Michaelina Wautier. So let there be no doubt as to who painted it.

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Michaelina Wautier
The Education of the Virgin, 1656

1656 On view in Room 3

On loan from private collection, by courtesy of the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation. since 2021
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Details

General information
Michaelina Wautier
The Education of the Virgin, 1656
1656
painting
L184
Room 3
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
124 x 147 cm
Inscriptions
op de zuilsokkel: Michaelina Wautier, invenit et fecit 1656

Provenance

Sale Amsterdam (Christie’s), 29-11-1988, no. 65; on loan from private collection, by courtesy of the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation. since 2021