Anthony van Dyck - Woman with a Rose, about 1635-1639

Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1599 - 1641, London)

Woman with a Rose, about 1635-1639

Oil on canvas, 101.5 x 79.5 cm (39 15/16 x 31 5/16 in.)


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Purchased by the art dealers Colnaghi & Co. from the sale of the collection of Pedro de Alcantára Téllez-Gíron Fernandez de Santillán, 13th Duke of Osuna (1812-1900), Madrid on 11 May 1896, lot 33.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Colnaghi & Co., London for £4,000 in January 1897 through the American art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959).

Dimension Notes

Frame: 142.1 x 120.2 cm (55 15/16 x 47 5/16 in.) approx.


Exposiciòn Y Venta de Los Cuadros Y Demás Objetos de Arte de la Casa Ducal De Osuna (Madrid, 11 May 1896), p. 6, lot 33.
Art Exhibition: Mrs. John L. Gardner, 152 Beacon St., Boston. Exh. cat. (Boston, 1899), p. 6, no. 4.
Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 16. (as "Portrait of the Duchess Ossuna")
John La Farge et al. Noteworthy Paintings in American Private Collections, Vol. I (New York, 1907; reprint 1974), pp. 136-37, 223-27, ill.
Morris Carter. Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court (Boston, 1925), p. 162.
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of the Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 138-39, ill. (as "A Lady with a Rose")
Gustav Gluck. Van Dyck, des meisters Gemälde (New York, 1931), p. 450.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), pp. 175-76. (as possibly a member of the Ducal House, Osuna)
Tancred Borenius. "Addenda to the Work of Van Dyck." The Burlington Magazine (December 1941), p. 203.
Morris Carter. "Mrs. Gardner & The Treasures of Fenway Court" in Alfred M. Frankfurter (ed.). The Gardner Collection (New York, 1946), p. 58.
George L. Stout. Treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1969), pp. 162-63, ill.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 84-86, ill.
John Walsh Jr. "Paintings in the Dutch Room" in James Thomas Herbert Baily (ed.). The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors, "Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum" (London, 1978), p. 57, fig. 8.
Rollin van N. Hadley. Museums Discovered: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1981), pp. 88-89.
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stewart Gardner 1887-1924 (Boston, 1987), pp. 57, 73-76, 78-80, 82.
Hilliard Goldfarb. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Companion Guide and History (Boston, 1995), pp. 100-101, ill.
Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 2003), pp. 140-41, ill. (the sitter as possibly a member of the Killigrew family)
Cynthia Saltzman. Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures (New York: Penguin Books, 2008), pp. 67, 81.
Linda J. Docherty. "Translating Dante: Isabella Stewart Gardner's Museum as Paradiso." Religion and the Arts (2018), pp. 203-204.

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The sitter crosses her arms in an enigmatic fashion, and holds a rose casually between her fingers; the flower may symbolize the pleasures and pains of love. The delicate silvery tones and the billowing drapery are typical of the elegant portraits Anthony van Dyck made in London between 1635 and 1639. Fashion and art found remarkable rapport in van Dyck’s portraits of English women: strings of pearls, colorful silks, and casually worn diaphanous gauzes were favored by both the painter and his aristocratic sitters.

Van Dyck worked extensively for Charles I and his court, but also painted a wide variety of sitters. An old copy of the portrait suggests that she may be a member of the Killegrew family; van Dyck painted several other members of the family.

Source: Alan Chong, "Portrait of a Woman with a Rose," in Eye of the Beholder, edited by Alan Chong et al. (Boston: ISGM and Beacon Press, 2003): 140.


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