Portrait of woman holding a letter

Oil on copper representing a weeping woman.

This attractively dressed young woman has received an arrow in the chest, which tells us that the letter she holds in her left hand is devastating news.
The arrow is a symbol of divine power and sudden, lightning death.
Would she have learned of the death of her lover or husband?

The beads on her bracelet symbolize melancholy. Previously pearls were used as a treatment for melancholy, depression and dementia.

The three feathers on his hat show his social ascension.

Oil on copper inspired by the portraits of Rubens.
Circa 1700

​​​​​​​Height: 8,66 inch (22cm)
Width: 6,37 inch (16.2 cm)

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