Portrait of a Woman1520 by Quentin Matsys

Departing from earlier devotional portraits, the sitter appears distracted from her prayer book by something on our side of the frame. This portrait reflects humanist interests and a modern approach to portraiture. Beyond indicating her piety, Metsys focused on more individual, human aspects of the sitter, such as the very natural position of her fingers between the pages. (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/32.100.47/)
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