A Woman, traditionally identified as Isabela la Católica of Castile Artist: Jan Provost (South Netherlandish, ca. 1465–1529)

ca. 1492–97

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on panel


13 1/8 × 9 1/4 in. (33.3 × 23.5 cm)

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Bequest of Dr. Herbert and Monika Schaefer

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15th century


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Emperor Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl (Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia, 1831–1888) and Empress Friedrich (Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, Victoria, Princess Royal, 1840–1901), Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany; by inheritance to their daughter Princess Margarethe of Prussia (Margarethe Beatrice Feodora, Princess Friedrich Karl von Hessen, 1872–1954), Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany; sold through J. Rosenbaum (Jakob Rosenbaum, dealer), Frankfurt, to Dr. Wolfgang Huck, Berlin, then Munich, 1925 (as Dutch Master, about 1510); sold to Julius Böhler (Kunsthandlung Böhler), Munich, November 2, 1961 (inv.no. 10622, as “Portrait of a Woman, Flemish, 16th century”); sold to Arthur L. Erlanger, New York, December 1, 1961. With Wildenstein and Company, New York. M. Schaeffer, New York. Dr. Heinrich Becker (1905–1975), Dortmund, by 1967 (consigned to G. Cramer Oude Kunst, The Hague, 1973) (commission no. 238, as “Juan de Flandes, Portrait of a Princess”); sold through G. Cramer Oude Kunst, The Hague, to Monika Schaefer (neé Winter, died 2019) and Dr. Herbert Schaefer (1910–2011), Malaga, Spain, May 1975 (on loan to the Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, C.A., 1977–81) (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1981–2019); bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2019
  • Matthias Weniger, Sittow, Morros, Juan de Flandes: Drei Maler aus dem Norden am Hof Isabellas von Kastilien (Kiel, Germany: Ludwig, 2011), 146, no. N82, fig. 80
  • Everett Fahy, L’Archivio storico fotografico di Stefano Bardini, dipinti-disegni-miniature-stampe (Florence: Bruschi Libri & Libri, 2000), 55, 298, 401, fig. no. 548, pl. 50
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