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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
A portrait of Margareta Van Oostenryk, this profile view exudes a kind of Puritan simplicity in spite of the rich materials of Margareta's costume. A large, long straight nose, a large eye, full lips and a small chin comprise the lady's face. Her light curls are tucked under a white cap. We see them only along her temple-line, down to her pearl drop earring. The prominent features of her costume are the high white neck ruffle, the enormous pouf of her upper sleeve and a Christian cross pendant on a single strand of beads. The artist is obviously impressed by the dimensions of Margareta's dress, for the balloon-like pouf of sleeve is larger than the lady's head and is more finely detailed than her face. Perhaps the portrait is part of a foreshortening exercise. The right-facing profile is framed by a simple oval frame which has no embellishment beyond the square border around the print.