Lady with an Arrow
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
Unlike the other paintings in this gallery, this work is not a portrait. Instead, it is a picture type known as an allegory, or symbolic figure. The arrow the woman holds refers to the fortunes of love.
It was more common to find a variety of painted subjects in Dutch colonial homes in New York and the Hudson Valley than in other colonial households. This wide-ranging taste was inspired by Dutch cultural traditions, which for two centuries had prized the production and display of landscapes, still lifes, and allegories, as well as portraiture.
Oil on wood panel
26 3/8 x 21 1/16 in. (67 x 53.5 cm)
frame: 33 7/8 x 28 9/16 x 3 in. (86 x 72.5 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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American. Lady with an Arrow, ca. 1715. Oil on wood panel, 26 3/8 x 21 1/16 in. (67 x 53.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 64.89.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.89.1_bw.jpg)
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