About this artwork

A crest and an inscription on the back of this painting were discovered in 1971 during cleaning. It revealed the identity of the sitter as Marie Haneton. Marie was the second daughter of Philippe Haneton, who in 1518 had been appointed first secretary of the Grand Council by Charles V. In 1520 he commissioned the great Haneton triptych from Van Orley, now in the Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. In the triptych, Marie is shown with her mother Marguerite Numan, and her four sisters. In this portrait Marie is instantly recognisable as the same girl. The faint inscription of the back says that she died shortly after her marriage in either 1525 or 1526.

Bernard van Orley

Bernard van Orley

Van Orley’s flourishing workshop in Brussels produced paintings and designs for tapestries and stained glass. His paintings combine inspiration from Rogier van der Weyden’s emotionally expressive work with the ideal proportions of Italian Renaissance figures, especially those of Raphael. Van Orley was appointed court painter to Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, in 1518. This helped secure his international reputation and brought him direct commissions from patrons in Spain associated with the ruling Spanish Hapsburgs in the Netherlands.