22 November 2009

Sunday Painting: Hans Holbein (maybe)

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This striking painting is at the Mauritshuis in Den Haag, The Netherlands. This is the same museum that has the Vermeer painting that inspired the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring. It isn't a huge museum, but has plenty wonderful things to see, including really beautiful abstract painted ceiling panels over the main stair. It is one of the places you can see yourself visiting on a regular basis if given the chance.

Portrait of a Young Woman
Formerly attributed to Hans Holbein, the younger. (1497-1543)
Don't ask me who it is attributed to now.


  1. This is a good one. I had a lot of favourites...Young Girl in a Turban (Pearl Earring) was awesome to see up close and we returned to that room several times. And yet it was Fabritius's The Goldfinch painting, of a dear little bird chained to its perch, painted shortly before the artist died, that won my heart entirely.

  2. Oh Margaret, I agree on the goldfinch painting. That might show up in Sunday painting in the future.

    If I had known about your trip ahead of time, I could have left a message for you somewhere in the Mauritshuis. It would have been The Vermeer Code.

  3. Lovely portrait, Thomas. I've really come to love art since visiting the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery in London.

    I brought home a book on Hogarth's work from my last trip, it's fascinating!

  4. Darlene: To me there is so much about paintings that interests me. I marvel at the aesthetics, the technique, the story, the age of the piece, the frame, the context. So much wrapped up in each painting. I don't feel it as much, if at all, for other forms of art like sculpture.

  5. I love that painting. To me, its a lovely combination of 3d and 2d representation. I think its the outlines that give that effect.


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