Girl in a Blue Dress

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Girl in a Blue Dress
Portret van een meisje in het blauw Rijksmuseum SK-A-3064.jpeg
ArtistJohannes Cornelisz Verspronck
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions82 cm × 66.5 cm (32 in × 26.2 in)
LocationRijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Girl in a Blue Dress, also called Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue[1] (Dutch: Portret van een meisje in het blauw)[2] or simply Portrait of a Girl[3] (Dutch: Portret van een meisje),[4] is an oil painting by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.[5] It was acquired by the museum in 1928 as a gift from the Vereniging Rembrandt [nl].[6]


In 1912 the wealthy merchant and art collector Mari Paul Voûte (1856-1928) became chairman of the Vereniging Rembrandt.[7] At the end of World War I, when Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg was forced to abdicate and needed to downsize, his art collection came on the market and in 1923 the Vereniging Rembrandt formed a consortium with senior members to purchase artworks from this collection at their own risk in order to give them to the Amsterdam museum. The Girl in Blue was one of these artworks purchased by Voûte. Rather than giving it directly to the museum, however, he kept it until he died, whereupon he bequeathed it to the Vereniging Rembrandt for them to make over to the Rijksmuseum, which they did.[6]

The painting is very similar in composition to a pendant marriage portrait painted by Verdonck the year before, today in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Twenthe:


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