attributed to Govert Flinck

A young woman as a shepherdess, tweede helft jaren 1630
New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [..]
Bredius 1935, no. 98
attributed to <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/28322" title="Govert Flinck"><span class="text">Govert Flinck</span></a>
Illustration number 0000319589
Dimensions: 495x650 pixels
License undetermined
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Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
transferred from panel to canvas in Paris in 1765 according to an inscription on the stretcher (Liedtke 2007, no. 46)
upright oval 66,7 x 50,5 cm
The painting had been enlarged in the 18th century to act as a pendant to Rembrandt's "Girl at a window", currently in the Dulwich Picture Gallery [RKDimages no. 40025].
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • with signature and date lower right: Rembrandt f. / 1633
    Rembrandt's name and the (for him) plausible date of 1633 were added on top of the original paint layer, but predate the transfer from wood to canvas in 1765 (Liedtke 2007, no. 46)
Current attribution
attributed to Govert Flinck
Rejected attribution
The painting was considered a typical work of Rembrandt by 19th- and early 20th-century connoisseurs. However Martin cited the work as an example of "genuinely signed Rembrandts among which non-autograph pictures may be found" (Martin 1921). Scholars such as Bredius, Valentiner and Bauch maintained the attribution to Rembrandt, but Gerson concluded that 'an attribution to Rembrandt is unjustified. Perhaps a work by Flinck' (Bredius/Gerson 1969). Since then the attribution to Flinck is widely accepted (Liedtke 2007, no. 46).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
second half of the 1630s (1635 - 1640)
Liedtke 2007, no. 46
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Visual documentation
Technical documentation
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Creation date: 2012-02-02; Last modified date: 2020-06-25


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