Young Woman with a Lapdog

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Young Woman with a Lapdog, 81 x 64 cm, oil on canvas[1]

Young Woman with a Lapdog (Dutch: Portret van een vrouw met schoothondje) is a c. 1665 painting of an unknown young woman by Rembrandt. It is now in the Art Gallery of Ontario, to which it was bequeathed in 1955 by the philanthropist Frank Peter Wood. It was previously identified as Rembrandt's daughter-in-law Magdalena van Loo (1641–1669), but the subject is now held to be unknown.

X-radiographs reveal significant changes to the bottom half of the painting as Rembrandt explored lighting and color. According to Ernst van de Wetering, this aspect of the work reveals "the 'Late Rembrandt' at his best".[1] The painting is not signed, but may have been before later overpainting.


  1. ^ a b van de Wetering, Ernst (2015). A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings. Springer. p. 675. ISBN 9789401791731.

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