ObeliskAnthony van Dyck

Study Head of a Young Woman

Study Head of a Young Woman, 1620, Anthony van Dyck
Study Head of a Young Woman, zoomed in

Study Head of a Young Woman is a Baroque Oil on Paper Painting created by Anthony van Dyck from 1618 to 1620. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Sketches, Girls and Studies. SourceDownload

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Anthony Van Dyke learned the art of the sketch from his mentor Peter Paul Rubens — who would paint from a model in preparation for a larger work. This portriat sketch does not appear in any Van Dyke’s final paintings, so we don't know the intended context for this girl, only that she seems lost in thought.

Reed Enger, "Study Head of a Young Woman," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 23, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/anthony-van-dyck/study-head-of-a-young-woman/.

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