Self-portrait by Anna Maria van Schurman as a Pudicitia, c. 1633

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Anna Maria van Schurman portrays herself here as a “pudicitia,” representing the Roman sexual virtues of chastity, femininity, and shame. Following the Roman tradition, Schurman holds a veil over her mouth and forehead, keeping her hand close to her face with her middle and forefinger pointed to the forehead. (Van Elk 2017, 194)

Citation: Van Schurman, Anna Maria. 1633. Self portrait. Oil on copper. Museum Martena, Franeker, The Netherlands
Permissions: This image is used with permission from Museum Martena
Credit: Museum Martena
Associated timeline dates: 1678