Portrait of Unknown Lady ~ 1629

Portrait of an Unknown Lady 1629 Cornelius Johnson 1593-1661 Purchased 1965 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00745

Portrait of Unknown Lady by Cornelius Johnson ~ 1629

Johnson, born in London in 1593 to a German/Flemish immigrant family, became an extremely prolific portraitist, working on every scale, including painting full-length groups. Unlike other miniaturists in England, who worked in watercolour on vellum, Johnson executed his miniatures in oil paint on metal. This unidentified lady is dressed in the height of fashion. She wears a big collar of very expensive lace, which Johnson has painted with a miniaturist’s attention to detail.

Via: Tate Museum

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