Portrait of an Old Woman

c.1510
Quinten Metsys (c.1466-1530)

FRIDAY NIGHT = DATE NIGHT!

You may not believe it, but I used to be the epitome of youthful beauty. I can hear you thinking out loud that there's not much of that to see now... and yet I'm still proud to wear my deeply cut dress. Probably not very flattering for my wrinkled bosom, but... who cares? On the other hand, I'm a bit shy about my badly groomed teeth and my dirty draped scarf hiding my almost bald head. You're probably wondering why the famous master Metsys portrayed me after all?

 

WHY WAS METSYS PORTRAYING ME?

Quentin Metsys wanted to visualise human vanity and folly in a satirical way, and I was happy to model for him. People need a laugh from time to time! And it’s obviously important for them to realise that beauty is fleeting, instead of clinging on to their long lost youth the way I have…

You can find me in the Museum Snijders&Rockoxhuis but still behind closed doors.