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Portrait of Susanna van Collen
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Portrait of Susanna van Collen

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Description Susanna van Collen (1606-37) wears the simple, loose garments, gaily-striped silk scarf from Asia, and uncovered hair (with pearls from the East Indies) of a wealthy lady posing as a shepherdess of antiquity. This portrait is one of a pair (with Walters 38.226) that was probably made to commemorate the marriage in 1626 of Jan Pellicorne (1597-after 1653) and Susanna van Collen, both from wealthy merchant families. X-rays show that Poelenburch initially painted the couple in sober everyday attire with starched ruff collars, so Susanna looked more like the mother in the "Portrait of a Family". After Susanna's portrait was completed, and Jan's half executed, they decided to have themselves depicted instead in the newly fashionable, lighthearted manner. Then, after seven years of marriage and parenthood, the couple returned to the conventional style for portraits commissioned from an Amsterdam painter in Rembrandt's circle.
Date Description Narrative
6/11/1964Examinationexamined for condition
9/02/1980Treatmentexamined for loan
  • Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
  • The Golden Age: Dutch Seventeenth Century Portraiture. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1980-1981.
  • Masters of Light: Dutch Painters in Utrecht During the Golden Age. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; The National Gallery, London. 1997-1998.
  • Small Northern European Portraits from The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2000.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Valckenier-Pellicorne family; Valckenier (1731-1784), by inheritance; Abraham Jay Fink [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest [A-76]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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ca. 1626 (Baroque)
oil on copper
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H: 3 7/8 x W: 3 in. (9.84 x 7.62 cm)


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