Artwork of the month: “Portrait of lady Lucy Percy”

6June 2012

This painting was recently restored and put up on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  I have never seen it before, and even though its subject matter and composition are clearly boring, I like it simply because I can’t remember seeing it ever.  The face is well done, as is her hand, but the water is cheaply applied and the background work is trite and uninventive.  I imagine that the entire background composition was made up to please the client.

Regardless of my ill favored critique of the unbalanced composition, this is a good painting and worth the visit to the Museum to take a quick look.

Adriaan Hanneman
Dutch, 1601-1671
“Portrait of lady Lucy Percy”
1665, oil on canvas