Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue

Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck, 1641, painting, SK-A-3064

What made this such a popular portrait? That it shows a pretty child dressed in her finest clothes? As was usual at the time, the girl actually has an adult appearance. Her facial expression is all that shows she is playing the role. Unfortunately, we no longer know who she was.

Woman Reading a Letter

Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663, painting, SK-C-251

In a quiet, private moment, a young woman stands, engrossed in reading a letter. It is morning, and she is still wearing her blue nightrobe. All the other colours are subordinate to its radiant lapis lazuli; yellow and red hardly make an appearance. Vermeer rendered the different effects of the cool…

The Holy Kinship

Geertgen tot Sint Jans (workshop of), c. 1495, painting, SK-A-500

Christ’s family is gathered together in this fictional medieval church: the Holy Family, known in Dutch as the holy ‘maagschap’, an old word for kinship. Left, in a blue robe, the Virgin Mary is seated with Jesus, and alongside, her mother Anna. Behind are the two husbands: Joseph and Joachim.…

Madonna of Humility

Fra Angelico, c. 1440, painting, SK-A-3011

The Incredulity of Thomas

Hendrick ter Brugghen, c. 1622, painting, SK-A-3908

Orestes and Pylades Disputing at…

Pieter Lastman, 1614, painting, SK-A-2354

The Lords of Montfoort

anonymous, c. 1400, painting, SK-A-831

‘Arrangement in Yellow and Gray’:…

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, c. 1876 - c. 1878, painting, SK-A-1902

Liggend meisje bang voor geesten…

Paul Gauguin, 1894, print, RP-P-1956-25

Still Life with Flowers in a Glass

Jan Brueghel (II), c. 1625 - c. 1630, painting, SK-A-2102