About this artwork
Anthonis Mor, who worked in both Spain and the Netherlands, was the court painter to Philip II, the king of Spain and hereditary ruler of the Low Countries. In his pictures of princely sitters, Mor brilliantly exploited the conventions of the full-length standing portrait to convey power and controlled reserve. He used a seated three-quarter-length format for sitters who did not belong to the nobility, making them appear more approachable. The woman represented here, and ther husband, who portrait is now in the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, probably belonged to the merchant elite of Antwerp. Her cap and braid-trimmed bodice accord with Flemish, rather than Spanish, fashion.
- Anthonis Mor
- Portrait of a Seated Woman
- Oil on panel, mounted on aluminum sheet
- 121.8 × 88.8 cm (48 × 34 15/16 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Fund