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Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster (1609-1660), one of the best known painters of 17th Century Holland, was almost completely lost from history from her death until 1893, when her monogram was discovered on The Happy Couple (1630) which had just been sold to the Louvre as a Frans Hals. She achieved notoriety again when The Jolly Topper, when acquired by the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in Berlin, and thought to be another Hals, turned out to be a Judith Leyster. In addition to the confusion of misattribution, misinterpretations of work by women artists deny the gender-specific perspectives of the artist's eye.


Judith Leyster The Proposition (1631)

Male art historians have commented on Leyster's The Proposition, 1631, as reflecting a "powerful image of temptation and resistance" and that the young woman's virtuousness "would appeal to men and attract many suitors," implying that Leyster's interest was more on the male market and less on reflecting a woman's discomfort with unwanted male attention 5.