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Portrait of a Boy
  • TitlePortrait of a Boy
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on oak
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 16,7 x 16,2 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 38 x 38 x 5 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1640
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Judith Leyster, Dutch, born 1609, dead 1660
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 3384
  • AcquisitionBequest 1940 consul Hjalmar Wicander
  • Description
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    Professional female artists like Judith Leyster were uncommon in the Netherlands of the 17th century. In 1633, Leyster became a member of the painters’ guild in Haarlem, where she set up her own workshop the following year. Even though she was a prominent painter, her work has often been attributed to male artists, in particular Frans Hals. That was the case also with this portrait, which was accepted as a work by Leyster as late as the 1970s.