Portrait of a Young Girl is a small oil-on-oak panel painting in the
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, by the Early Netherlandish painter Petrus
Christus. It was completed between 1465 and 1470, towards the end of the
artist's life, and marks a significant advance in the oeuvres of both
Christus and contemporary portraiture. The girl is set in an airy,
three-dimensional, realistic setting, confronting the viewer with an
expression that is reserved, but alert and intelligent. She reflects the
Gothic ideal of elongated facial features, narrow shoulders, tightly
pinned hair and an almost unnaturally long forehead. The painting is
widely regarded as one of the most exquisite Northern Renaissance
portraits. Art historian Joel Upton describes the sitter as resembling
"a polished pearl, almost opalescent, lying on a cushion of black
velvet." The panel builds on the work of the first generation Northern
Renaissance painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and was
highly influential in the decades after its completion. Its appeal lies
in part in the intriguing stare, accentuated by the slight misalignment
of her eyes and asymmetry of her eyebrows.
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