Jacob HuysmansPortrait of a Lady, as Diana ?c.1674

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Jacob Huysmans (c.1630‑c.1696)
Portrait of a Lady, as Diana
Date ?c.1674
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1197 x 1013 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1967
Not on display


Huysmans, an artist from Antwerp first recorded in England in 1662, is particularly associated with the court of the Roman Catholic Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), queen to Charles II. Huysmans was most likely a Roman Catholic too and is said to have styled himself 'her Majesty's Painter' (Vertue Notebooks II, Walpole Society, 1931-2, 20, p.124). He produced several works for Catherine, including religious images as well as portraits. Most spectacularly he painted her as a holy shepherdess, seated on a riverbank surrounded by ducks, lambs and putti (Royal Collection), typical of the exuberant Continental baroque style he practised. The portrait was admired by the famous diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) who saw it on a visit to Huysmans' studio in 1664, along with portraits of her maids of honour… (read more)