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Portrait of a Lady - Rogier Van de Weyden - 1460 - National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Portrait of a Lady is an oil-on-oak-panel painted circa 1460 by the Netherlandish artist Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464). It is built upon a series of geometric shapes and vivid contrast of light and shade, both of which serve to highlight the almost unnatural beauty and elegance of the sitter.
The painting was not titled by van der Weyden, and the woman's identity is not recorded in his inventory; it is likely that it will never be known for certain. Wilhelm Stein suggested she might be Marie de Valengin, the illegitimate daughter of Philip the Good of Burgundy, on the on the grounds of facial similarity to her putative father, yet this is a contentious assertion.
The painting was donated to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. by the estate of Andrew W. Mellon following his death in 1937.