Signed lower left
Oil on panel, 24.5 x 19.5 cm
The symbolism incorporated in this painting refers to the state of the lady in question. From classical antiquity through to the Renaissance, the associated qualities of dogs were a mixed bag – from vigilance, faithfulness, and wisdom to anger, lechery, and avarice. Since the seventeenth century, dogs symbolised predominantly fidelity and faith. On this painting a dog is placed at the woman’s feet, representing marital fidelity. In addition to this piously reading, the white colour of the dress might represent the purity and innocence of the portrayed lady.