• Portrait of a Woman

    Artist:
    Corneille de La Haye (called Corneille de Lyon), ca. 1510-1575
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    20,1x15,2 cm

Corneille de La Haye (called Corneille de Lyon), ca. 1510-1575

Portrait of a Woman

France, mid-1530s - 1640s

The French artist Corneille de Lyon became famous as the creator of the Picture Gallery, a series of small intimate portraits of court ladies, grand lords and other members of the court who along with the Royal Court arrived in Lyon in 1548. The Hermitage painting was not included in the given series. The garment depicted in the portrait of the lady whose identity was not established, dates from the 1530s. This portrait of a woman is a particularly faithful and objective portrayal of the sitter without aiming to make her any more beautiful than she was in reality. Detailed attention is paid not only to the pleasant face but also to the costume and various adornments. The colour range is subdued, without areas of bright colour, and thus the picture has a certain elegance and grandeur. Paint was applied to a wooden panel, and the artist's technique reinforces the miniature-like effect of the work: the smooth layers of paint, without separate brushstrokes, the enamel-like surface recalling an elegant precious object. Another version is to be found in a private French collection, but the sitter's identity remains a mystery.

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Portrait of a Woman

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

20,1x15,2 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1930; transferred from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, to which it came in 1925 from the Shuvalovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5697

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