14 September, 2013
Portrait of Anna Codde
I happened to pick up a book of a hundred paintings held by the Rijksmuseum and saw a portrait of Anna Codde by Maerten van Heemskerck. It was done in 1529 and shows a woman spinning a fine light-coloured thread from a distaff on a double-drive wheel which she turns by hand. She is not looking at her hands as she works, and she wears fine clothing.