Metropolitan Museum of Art
Study Guide for Online Quiz No. 1
Decoding a Credit Line
identifying a work of art. A credit
line usually includes the artists
name, the title of the work, year
completed, medium used, size
(height, weight, and depth),
location (gallery, museum, or
collection and city), donors, and
Self Portrait. c. 1635. Oil on
canvas. 72.3 X 65.3 cm (29
3/6 X 25 5/8). National Gallery of
Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. &
Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss.
Leyster was a Dutch woman who dared
to break rules. In the early
seventeenth century women artists
were expected to paint delicate
still lifes, but Leyster chose to do
portraits and genre paintings
(scenes and subjects from everyday
Look at the
portrait. The credit line beneath
the caption is full of information.
Here is what each part means:
The artist's name
The title of the work always
appears in italics.
The year the work was completed. "c"
stands for circa, which means
"about:. It is used before
Oil on canvas.
The medium used.
72.3 X 65.3 cm
(29 3/6 X 25
5/8) The size. The
first number is always the height,
the second number is the width, and,
if the work is three dimensional, a
third number indicates the depth.
The National Gallery of
Art The museum,
gallery, or collection where the
work is kept.
The location of the
museum, gallery, or collection.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Bliss The names
of the donors.