The Ugly Duchess

Quinten Massys


1513, oil on oak.


This picture was probably intended to satirise old women who try inappropriately to recreate their youth. Massys has evidently depicted a woman who suffered from Paget’s disease, a malformation of bone. Leonardo da Vinci seems to have been inspired by Massys’s painting.


The National Gallery, founded in 1824, is situated in Trafalgar Square London. The entire collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from mid-13th century to 1900 belongs to the nation.

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  • Size: 165 x 145mm
  • Envelope: Slate Grey
  • Availability: 6 in stock
  • SKU: PFNG409