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Vermeyen’s free etchings are among the best that were produced in Netherlandish printmaking in the 16th century. This print is an example of his often surprising choice of subject. As a view into a quiet interior where sunlight plays, it anticipates the work of Vermeer. Vermeyen gives little information about the woman’s identity. The heart with an arrow through it on her platform shoes suggests that she has dedicated her life to love.
|Title||A Spanish Courtesan|
|Material and technique||Etching|
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height : 238 mm
Width : 166 mm
Graphic artist: Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen
|Accession number||BdH 15205 (PK)|
|Credits||Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Dr. J.C.J. Bierens de Haan 1951|
|Department||Drawings & Prints|
|Age maker||About 45 years old|
|Collector||Collector / J.C.J. Bierens de Haan|
|Exhibitions|| De ontdekking van het dagelijks leven - van Bosch tot Bruegel (2015)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|Material||Paper > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Technique||Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique|
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Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen
Beverwijk 1500 - Brussel 1559