Portrait of a Young Noblewoman

Portrait of a Young Noblewoman
Artist:
Alonzo Sánchez Coello (Spanish, 1531/2-1588)
Date:
1593
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
48-3/4 x 39-3/4 in. (123.8 x 101.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
M.2010.1.176.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

Sánchez Coello’s influence on contemporary Spanish portraiture can be seen in portrait of a young noblewoman made by his studio a few years after his death. The inscription on the bottom left of the painting indicates that the girl was portrayed at fourteen years of age. Her extravagant garments, intricate lace ruff and fanciful hairdo add to her radiance. Although she clasps her long necklace with the right hand as a sign of material wealth, the other is placed firmly on a bible to underscore her modesty and religious virtue. Coello and his school recorded the fashion trends in Europe favored by Catholic nobility during the Counter-Reformation. Social position, elegance, and preciousness of dress were favored over references to the personal, inner life of the sitter.

Provenance:

(sale, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 7 June 1978, lot 5, ill., as Portrait of a Young Noblewoman, to);
Norton Simon, by bequest to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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