Eye Candy for Today: Gabriel Metsu portrait

Portrait of Lucia Wijbrants (Portrait of a Woman), Gabriel Metsu
Portrait of Lucia Wijbrants, Gabriel Metsu

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

This splendid 17th century portrait by Metsu was for a long time known simply as “Portrait of a Woman”, but the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website reports that the subject has been identified.

Metsu’s dazzling skill is evident in the surprisingly painterly rendering of the face, hair and hands, and the remarkable handling of the fabric of the woman’s gown — in particular the sparkles of light that play across the decorative elements.

For more, see my other posts about Gabriel Metsu, linked below.