The Pearl Necklace
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.
The model is wearing a (modern) collar edged with a very fine authentic Italian bobbin lace from around 1620.
Some more information about the inspiration for this painting can be found on my blog.