Portrait of a Lady (van der Weyden)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Portrait of a Lady (or Portrait of a Woman) is a small oil-on-oak panel painting executed around 1460 by the Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden. The composition is built from the geometric shapes that form the lines of the woman's veil, neckline, face and arms, and by the fall of the light that illuminates her face and headdress. The vivid contrasts of darkness and light enhance the almost unnatural beauty and Gothic elegance of the model.
Portrait of a Lady is sometimes identified as Marie de Valengin, bastard daughter of Philip III, Duke of Burgundy. It is currently housed at the Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, inv.nr. 1937.1.44. 37 x 27 cm.