Self portrait by Anna Maria van Schurman, c. 1625-1649

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In this engraved self portrait, Anna Maria van Schurman stands in a curtained room. A view of Utrecht, the city where van Schurman spent much of her life, is faintly visible in the background. Her right hand rests on an open book while her left hand holds a medallion. The Dutch inscription below her potrait is from a 1637 poem by Jacob Cats about van Schurman. It reads: “To whom is to see this nice image, / Behold, that you see here a praise for all women, / From when the world stood, until today, No one has been alike to her and there will never be someone who may (be alike to her)” (Translation by Anne Klok, 2019)

Citation: Van Schurman, Anna Maria. Early 17th century. Self portrait. Print engraving on paper. (17 x 12.5 cm) Collection Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands
Permissions: This image is used with permission from Museum Catharijneconvent
Credit: Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands
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