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1) Caterina or Catharina van Hemessen (1528 to after 1565) was a Flemish Renaissance painter. She is the earliest female Flemish painter for whom there is verifiable extant work.

2) She was the daughter of Jan Sanders van Hemessen (c. 1500-after 1563), a prominent Mannerist painter in Antwerp who had studied in Italy.

3) She is mainly known for a series of small-scale female portraits completed between the late 1540s and early 1550s and a few religious compositions.

4) The sitters were usually portrayed against a dark or neutral ground, their gazes rarely meeting the viewer's eyes. This type of framing & setting made for an intimate & dignified portrait.

5) In her lifetime she was mentioned by two Italian artist biographers, Lodovico Guicciardini in his Description of the Low Countries of 1567 and Giorgio Vasari in his Vite of 1568.

6) There are no extant works later than 1554, which has led some historians to believe she retired after her marriage. She taught three male apprentices during her retirement.

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