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Judith Leyster (Haarlem, 1609 – Heemstede, 1660)

Portrait of an unknown woman


In 1633, Judith Leyster was the first woman to join a Dutch painters’ guild – the St Lucas Guild, Haarlem’s guild of painters. This was unprecedented in a society that was dominated by men. Leyster’s loose brushwork is reminiscent of Frans Hals’ style. She may have been employed by Frans Hals as an assistant for a while around 1630. This portrait was long thought to have been by Hals, until Judith Leyster’s signature was rediscovered: JL with a star. It’s on the chair, in the bottom right corner.

  • Creator

    Judith Leyster (Haarlem, 1609 – Heemstede, 1660)

  • Title

    Portrait of an unknown woman

  • Date


  • Collection

    Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, purchased with support from de Vereniging Rembrandt

  • Material

    Oil paint on panel | H72.3 x W59.5 x D9.8 incl. frame


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