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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
Object type Print
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (Image) Height : 238 mm
Width : 166 mm
Makers 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
Acquisition date 1951
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