Girl with a Red Hat
|Type||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||23.2 cm × 18.1 cm (9.1 in × 7.1 in)|
|Location||National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.|
Girl with a Red Hat is a small painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, executed 1665-1666, in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. It is one of a number of Vermeer's tronies -- depictions of models fancifully dressed that were not (as far as is known) intended to be portraits of specific, identifiable subjects.
The painting may have been among those owned by Vermeer's patron, Pieter Claesz van Ruijven (1624-1674), and possibly, through inheritance it may have been passed on to his wife, Maria de Knuijt (died 1681); her daughter, Magdalena van Ruijven (1655-1682); and Magdalena's husband, Jacob Abrahamsz Dissius (1653-1695). It is thought to have been sold in Amsterdam on May 16, 1696 (probably no. 39 or 40). It was bought at a sale at the Hôtel de Bouillon, in Paris on December 10, 1822 (no. 28.) by Baron Louis Marie Baptiste Atthalin (1784-1856), then owned by inheritance to his nephew and adopted son, Laurent Atthalin; by inheritance to Baron Gaston Laurent-Atthelin (died 1911), Les Moussets, Limey, Seine-et-Oise; by inheritance to his wife, Baroness Laurent-Atthelin of Paris. The painting was sold by M. Knoedler & Co., New York and London, in November 1925 to Andrew W. Mellon, who deeded it on March 30, 1932 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust in Pittsburgh (a holding-place for Mellon's pictures while the NGA was being established), which gave it to the National Gallery of Art in 1937.
- 1925 — "Loan Exhibition of Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century", M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1925, no. 1.
- 1928 — "A Loan Exhibition of Twelve Masterpieces of Painting", M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1928, no. 12.
- 1995 — "Dutch Cabinet Galleries", National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1995-1996, no cat.
- 1995 — "Johannes Vermeer", National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague, 1995-1996, no. 14, repro.
- 1998 — "A Collector's Cabinet", National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 60.
- 1999 — "Johannes Vermeer: The Art of Painting", National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1999-2000, brochure, fig. 11.
- 2001 — "Vermeer and the Delft School", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Gallery, London, 2001, no. 74, repro.
- web pages on the painting at National Gallery of Art, Washington