Woman at the Window

dated 1654, Artist: Jacobus Vrel



Woman at the Window

A darkly dressed woman with a white headscarf leans out of the open window of a sparsely furnished room. The object of her observation, however, remains hidden to the viewer. While a pot hangs over the fire in the chimney, her needlework rests on the table in front of the window. Stylistically related to Vermeer and de Hooch, the early dating of the Vienna painting (1654) argues for Vrel’s role as a forerunner.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XII

Object data

Object Name





dated 1654


Jacobus Vrel (bezeugt 1654 - 1662, tätig vermutlich in Holland) - GND


oak wood


66,5 cm × 47,4 cm × 0,9 cm
Framed: 83 cm × 64,8 cm × 5,5 cm


Inscribed on the left side of the cabinet, below the coat: J. Frel 1654

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 6081


Coll. Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels; 1781 in the castle of Pressburg; 1908 reacquired from Gabriele Imhof von Geisslinghof, Vienna

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