Berden, Roermond, circa 1957;
Van Roosmalen-Hermans, Maasbracht, by 1964;
Private collection, Amsterdam.
J.L. Slatkes, 'Dutch Mannerism' , in The Art Quarterly, 33, 1970, p. 428;
A.W. Lowenthal, 'Some paintings by Peter Wtewael (1596-1660)', in The Burlington Magazine, 116, 1974, p. 465, reproduced fig. 72;
A.W. Lowenthal, Joachim Wtewael and Dutch Mannerism, Doornspijk 1986, p. 176, cat. no. D4, plate 164.
The attribution to Peter Wtewael was first suggested by Slatkes in 1970.1 According to Lowenthal, Wtewael uses in this work his favourite colour combination of blue-green (the gown) and crimson (the cheeks, lips and ribbon), and it shows some of his well known characteristics, such as the heavy hands, with wide spread fingers and a single bear breast, with white-edged drapery around the curve to emphasize the form. There is a sense of quietness about this work, suggesting that it might have been intended as a private devotional image.2
1.See Slatkes under Literature.
2.See Lowenthal 1974 under Literature, p. 465.
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