Portrait of a Lady  1676

by Nicolaes Maes

Nicolaes Maes, one of the foremost portrait painters of the second half of the seventeenth century, began his career as a painter of religious subjects and genre scenes. These early works reflect the influence of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), with whom he studied in Amsterdam between 1646 and 1653. Maes’ shift to portraiture occurred only after his return to his native c...
116 x 91 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington