Description This piece is a pair with Walters 38.552. This painting depicts a husband and the companion painting depicts his wife. While the husband's collar and the wife's starched ruff were worn throughout the Dutch Republic during the mid 17th century, the woman's bejeweled headdress points to the taste for more local "folk" styles common in the northern part of the country. Especially in more provincial areas, the portraits of wives were often more conservative in style and execution than those of their husbands. These tiny little miniatures were surely intended for personal contemplation, perhaps as a reminder of relatives who lived too far way to visit.
Provenance Abraham Jay Fink, Baltimore [no. A-279b]; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; 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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