Portrait of Aletta Hanemans

A painted portrait of a woman wearing a black cloak trimmed with white lace at the wrists and gold brocade down the front of her dress. She wears a white cap and white neck ruff and holds a glove in her left hand.

Frans Hals (1582/83–1666)
Portrait of Aletta Hanemans (1606–1653), 1625
Oil on canvas
48 3/4 x 38 3/4 in. (123.8 x 98.3 cm)
Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague
Transferred to the Mauritshuis in 1881
Inv. no. 460

Aletta’s wedding ring and bridal gloves underscore the connubial theme of this portrait, a pendant to that of her husband Jacob. Her silk garments, trimmed with expensive lace and gold brocade, were, like those of her husband, inspired by Spanish fashions. Such meticulous detail is typical of Hals’s early work. A comparison with the Frick Collection's later portraits by Hals demonstrates the artist’s evolving technique from the refined approach seen here to a looser painting style.

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