BISSCHOP, Cornelis
(b. 1630, Dordrecht, d. 1674, Dordrecht)

A Young Woman and a Cavalier

1661-63
Oil on canvas, 98 x 88 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The amorous visitor in this painting strongly resembles Bisschop himself as depicted in his self-portrait of 1668 (Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht), the young woman is Bisschops's wife, Geertruyt Botland. The painter had a reputation for painting approximately life-size dummy-board figures, that is, illusionistic cutouts depicting people. The scale and silhouetted effect of the figures in the present painting bring those illusionistic works to mind.

Formerly the painting was attributed to Gabriel Metsu.