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Children's Portraits in the Netherlands 1520 - 1620

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Girl with a Dead Bird
Anonymous, c.1520
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
Frederiksborgmuseet, Hillerod

 

   
Twelve-Year-Old Boy
Maerten van Heemskerck (attributed), 1531
Panel, 46.5 x 35 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Dyptych of Adriaan van Santvoort and Anna Van Hertsbeeke and Their Children Guillaume, Adriaan, Catharina and Jan Baptiste
Bernard de Rijckere, 1563
Panel, inside left 83.5 x 65 cm
Private Collection
Dyptych of Adriaan van Santvoort and Anna Van Hertsbeeke and Their Children Guillaume, Adriaan, Catharina and Jan Baptiste
Bernard de Rijckere, 1563
Panel, inside right 82 x 64.5 cm
Private Collection

 

   
Girl with Basket of Cherries
Anonymous, c. 1580
Canvas, 79.4 x 52.1 cm
National Gallery, London
Two-Year-Old Boy
Jacob Willemsz. Delff I, 1581
Panel, 61.5 x 47.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Hilleke de Roy and Four of Her Orphans
Anonymous, 1586
Panel, 90.5 x 72.5 cm
Stichting Huize Matthijs-Marijke, Gorinchem

 

   
Six-Year-Old Girl
Jan Claesz, 1594
Panel, 81 x 55 cm
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
Catharina van Warmondt
Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg, 1596
Panel, 82 x 62 cm
The Hague, Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum
Hector van Bouriscius
Hans de Clercq, 1599
Panel, 120 x 74 cm
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

 

   
Boy and Girl
Anonymous, c.1600
Panel, 108.7 x 81 cm
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp
Five-Year-Old Boy
Jan Claesz, 1609
Panel, 100.5 x 70 cm
Collectie Portret van Enkhuizen, Stichting Verzameling Semelijns de Vries van Doesburgh
Girl with a Rattle
Jan Claesz, c.1609
Panel, 91 x 62.5 cm
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

 

     
Boy with 'Coif' Stick
Anonymous, 1615
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.

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