A Lesson in Portraiture from the 15th Century - Rogier van der Weyden

Some weeks ago I visited the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. It has a very important collection of paintings from the 13th-18th century. One of the paintings that did draw my attention is the "Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress" (ca. 1445) by Rogier van der Weyden (1400-1464). The subtle warmhearted intimacy combined with the subject looking directly at the viewer is quite extraordinary, especially for paintings from the 15th century. Would we not all love to be able to make such a timeless portrait?

I just read that it is the assumption that the lady in the picture is Elisabeth Goffaerts, Rogier van der Weyden's wife.

Photo: Lady wearing a gauze hairddress, by Rogier van der Weyden - ca. 1445, photo by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 50mm).

Photo: Lady wearing a gauze hairddress, by Rogier van der Weyden - ca. 1445, photo by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 50mm).