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Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678)
Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1635–40
Black chalk, brown and gray wash, with red chalk, and touches of pen and of brown ink, over traces of charcoal
16 1/2 x 10 15/16 inches (419 x 277 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows with the special assistance of a number of Fellows and Trustees in honor of Felice Stampfle; 1977.42
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Although he was a prolific draftsman, portrait studies are relatively rare in Jordaens’s graphic oeuvre. This heavily worked sheet suggests that it may have been a presentation drawing—a finished composition an artist would present to a potential patron to gain a commission—rather than a preliminary study for a painting. There is no extant painting of the sitter, nor is her identity known.

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