Oil on linen
The Four Ages of Woman
This is a series of 4 paintings in which modern 21st century women at various stages of their lives are portrayed wearing an authentic piece of early 17th century lace, as often seen in 17th century portraits.
In many English portraits from the first quarter of the 17th century we find ruffs edged with (or completely made from) cutwork or reticella lace. In Repeating Patterns the model is wearing a ruff created from authentic 17th century reticella (needle lace).
Some more information about the inspiration for this painting and the creation of the ruff used in the painting can be found on my blog.