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Doomer, Lambert
A Venetian Courtesan
1666

Strolling gracefully past the famous bronze Lion of Venice, this charming ?gure has been called a courtesan, but classicists might recognize her veil as that of a bride. Her distinctve facial features and fashionable hairstyle suggest a portrait rather than a generic ?gure. Lambert Doomer studied with Rembrandt in Amsterdam, where several wealthy families collected classical art and had ties to Venice. Could this young lady belong to one of them? Further research is needed to solve this intriguing puzzle.

 
Doomer, Lambert
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1624–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1700
A Venetian Courtesan
1666
Oil on canvas
97.2 x 83.2 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991
34-020.02

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