Jan de Bray
Portrait of a young woman, 1667
Canvas, 77.3 x 63 cm; signed and dated 1667
Gift of Louise Thurkow-van Huffel, The Hague, 1978; inv. 1978-s.2
The unknown woman in this portrait looks at the viewer and displays her open right hand with a wedding ring gleaming on her little finger. The work may originally have had a pendant, a portrait of her husband, now lost. Jan de Bray’s painting, with the effect of bright light against a dark background and a striking use of colour, reflects the classical tendencies evident in Haarlem paintings from around 1650 onwards.