Lady with a Mirror
On View: Decorative Art, Schenck Gallery, 4th Floor
This figure a woman holding a mirror is of a picture type known as an allegory, or symbolic figure. The mirror refers to the fortunes of love. It was more common to find a variety of picture types 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
37 1/16 x 23 11/16 in. (94.1 x 60.2 cm) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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American. Lady with a Mirror, ca. 1715. Oil on wood panel, 37 1/16 x 23 11/16 in. (94.1 x 60.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by anonymous donors and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 64.89.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.89.2_bw.jpg)
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