Portrait of Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury
(ca. 1656 - 1687)
48 x 38 in. (121.92 x 96.52 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Found in collection
Bellarmine Hall Lower Level Hallway
One of England’s most sought-after portraitists, the Dutch painter Willem Wissing frequently re-used variants of the same poses for his sitters. The pose of this woman – who may be Anna Maria Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury and a famous beauty – is similar to a number of the artist’s other female portraits, including the Portrait of a Woman in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The two sitters appear, in fact, to be wearing the same elegant garment (albeit in different colors), which may signal the contribution of Jan van der Vaart, a drapery painter who often worked with Wissing.