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22 June 2016 @ 12:31 am
mystery image  
A tour of the internet a couple of days ago brought me a portrait I'd never seen before:

I've been thinking about it ever since, as I find the image quite arresting (among other things, I love the set of her chin), but since I saw it on a website with nearly no attribution (*shakes fist at Tumblr*), all I know about it is that it is by a "Netherlandish artist" circa 1540. And reverse image search only pulls up a tiny handful of Tumblr and Pinterest links with no further information; they probably saw the image on the same Tumblr site I did (history-of-fashion). I assume that the artist is unknown, as is the subject, but even if I could just figure out where the portrait is currently located, that might give me leads for finding out whether any art historians have written about the painting, whether it's included in any museum catalogues or books on Dutch painting, that sort of thing.

Hmph. I might spend some time flipping through art books next week, if I can make it to the fine arts library.

Also, I am not sure what sort of fruit she's holding. An apricot?
ericadawn16: Accomplishedericadawn16 on June 22nd, 2016 05:43 am (UTC)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 22nd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! (I almost missed your comment because LJ marked it as spam, I assume because it began with a URL. Silly LJ.)

ericadawn16: Curiousericadawn16 on June 23rd, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, it depends on the journal settings but for some journals, anyone who uses a URL anywhere in their comment is marked as SPAM.

I know you and the poster below used Reverse Image Search but...I don't know what that is or how to use it?
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 24th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
Huh. Maybe that's an opt-out update, since I don't remember ever setting my journal up that way! I'll have to poke around.

I had to Google "reverse image search" to figure out how to do it! :) I knew they existed, but I'd never done one before. But it was pretty simple; you can upload the image from your computer or insert a URL for an online image. I think I probably needed to spend more time figuring out how to read the results I got, though...
ericadawn16: Amusedericadawn16 on June 25th, 2016 03:12 am (UTC)
thank you!
S. Worthenowlfish on June 22nd, 2016 09:15 am (UTC)
What a lovely painting!

I went looking, and it's

by Maarten van Heemskerck (1498 - 1574)

Young Girl
Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz - Gemäldegalerie (details spotted here: http://www.reisser-kunstpostkarten.de/en/index.asp?aid=421 )

And that does certainly look like an apricot to me (native to the Armenia/Georgia area), or possibly a peach (native to the Mesopotamian area).
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 22nd, 2016 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! How did you find her?
S. Worthenowlfish on June 22nd, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
Reverse image search. The first useful result was on the bottom of the second page of results.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 22nd, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
Ah. I only got one page of results for some reason. Thank you again!