Portrait of a Young Lady

about 1620



Paul Van Somer, Dutch, 1576-1621

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: TL-17944


Oil paint on panel


Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info


image height: 35 1/8 in, 89.2175 cm; image width: 27 1/4 in, 69.2150 cm; frame height: 42 1/2 in, 107.9500 cm; frame width: 34 1/4 in, 86.9950 cm; frame depth: 1 3/4 in, 4.4450 cm


European and American Art Before 1900


European and American Art Before 1900-European Art

Known Provenance

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Paul van Somer 
Flemish, 1576–1621, active in England 
Portrait of a Young Lady, about 1620
Oil paint on wood panel
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17944

Extended Info

This picture reflects the taste for naturalism in both portraiture and fashion that developed in the early 17th century. Paul van Somer portrays his sitter with a relaxed demeanor and lifelikeness that contrast with the masklike formality of the previous decades’ portraiture. The artist, who enjoyed a successful career in Amsterdam, was named painter to James I soon after moving to London in 1616. The Berger picture is one of a small number of works by van Somer in American collections.