Results 1 572
350 Previous Next

Portrait of a Young Woman with a Pink
Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Portrait of a Young Woman with a Pink

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description This young woman offers a pink (or dianthus, related to the carnation) to someone on her right, probably her betrothed. The sweet-smelling pink symbolized a young woman's hopes for marriage. At her waist is a gilded girdle, or belt, from which hangs a pomander, a pierced container for sweet-smelling herbs to combat the foul smells of crowded cities. Bruyn was a portraitist to the prosperous merchants of Cologne, Germany.Attributions to him must take as a point of departure the single known signed portrait by him, that of Peter Ulner, dated 1560 and signed BARTHOLOMEO BRVN FECIT (Rehinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn). The Walters' portrait shares characteristics of pose, stiffness, lighting, and dimensions with a Portrait of a Woman of the Slosgin Family of Cologne dated 1557 and attributed to Bruyn the younger (though not signed) in the Metropolitan Museum (32.100.50).
Date Description Narrative
9/08/1941Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation; coated
2/08/1968Treatmentloss compensation; coated; repaired
1/01/1981Examinationexamined for condition
9/24/1984Examinationexamined for survey
9/11/1985Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation; other
11/01/1986Treatmentcoated; loss compensation
3/09/2011Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

1560-1569 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
17 3/16 x 14 in. (43.6 x 35.6 cm)


    Thumbnail: Portrait of a Young Woman with a Pink
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Portrait of a Young Woman with a Pink