FLINCK, Govert Teunisz.
(b. 1615, Kleve, d. 1660, Amsterdam)

A Tronie of a Young Woman

Oil on oak panel, 64 x 46 cm
Private collection

This is a tronie, or fancy-dress study, based on a real likeness. Rembrandt developed the tronie and painted many of them from his Leiden period onward, though they fell out of fashion after the 1640s. Flinck, along with many of Rembrandt's pupils from the first decade of his Amsterdam period, continued to produce tronies in large numbers, presumably to meet the great demand for them.