Young Woman in Fantasy Costume, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633
This young woman’s clothing does not reflect the fashion of Rembrandt’s day, but dates from earlier centuries. That suggests this is a tronie, a study head of a certain character or an eccentric figure. Rembrandt often used his acquaintances, family members or himself as a model for his tronies. This woman bears a passing resemblance to Saskia Uylenburgh, to whom Rembrandt was engaged in 1633.