Children's Portraits in the Netherlands 1520 - 1620
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Girl with a Dead Bird
Panel, 36.5 x 29.5 cm
Musees Royaux de Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels
The Children of Christian II of Denmark
Jan Gossaert (workshop), c.1526
Panel, 34.2 x 46.2 cm
Boy with 'Coif' Stick
Panel, 107 x 66 cm
Gemeentemuseum Het Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom
Catharina Hooft with her Nurse
Frans Hals, c.1620
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin
The above portraits are from the book Pride and Joy: Children's Portraits in the Netherlands 1500-1700 edited by Jan Baptist Bedaux and Rudi Ekkart. Most of the portraits contained in the book are from the period 1621-1700, however this was beyond the time period I was interested in.
In addition to the portraits, there is an analysis of each portrait and a description of the clothing worn by the child in each portrait. There are also several chapters on the social and religious climate that inspired the parents of these children to immortalize and, in the case of deceased children, memorialize the children in portraits.
My coworker found this book at the MPLS library while I was searching for some other books on the "wanted list." I have become so incredibly fond of this book (but I love anything Dutch, anyway) that I think I need to buy the book for myself.