Portrait of a Lady wearing the Order of the Swan



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English: Anonymous German Artist active at the Court of Ansbach
Español: Anónimo alemán activo en la corte de Ansbach
Français : Artiste anonyme allemand actif à la cour de Ansbach
English: Portrait of a Lady wearing the Order of the Swan or Portrait of a Woman wearing the Order of the Swan
Español: Retrato de una dama con la orden del Cisne
Français : Portrait d'une dame portant l'Ordre du Cygne
Italiano: Ritratto di dama col collare dell'Ordine del Cigno
English: This work in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was attributed to various anonymous masters before Isolde Lübbeke associated it with an anonymous German painter of the Ansbach court, active around 1490. The sitter stands out against a pale blue background. Shown as richly dressed, the artist particularly emphasises the striking brocade of her gown and the wimple that falls down over her shoulders in a slightly stiff manner. Both her necklace and the carnation that she holds are significant elements given that the presence of the flower (a pinkish-red pink) and the wimple suggest that the panel may have had a pair. In addition, the gold chain with its two pendants, one of the Virgin and Child and the other of a swan, indicate that the sitter belonged to the Order of the Swan. Founded in 1440 by Frederick II of Brandenburg, this religious Order dedicated to the Virgin reached its peak of prestige and popularity in the late 15th century.

by 1490(1490)


oil on panel


44.7 × 28.2 cm (17.6 × 11.1 in)

Accession number

INV. Nr. 54 (1935.2)


Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza


Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

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