Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of two ladies 1680c.

John Vandervaart 

Portrait of two ladies, John Vandervaart
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
 
Here the conventions of arcadian myth are paraded for a portrait of two sisters or friends. One poses as a shepherdess with an houette, the other garlands a sheep. The painter - perhaps deliberately - creates a dichotomy between the women's aspect and their setting. The arcadian illusion is only as deep as the paint, but the sense of courtly sophistication and wordliness of this couple speaks powerfully of the intrigue-filled world of the late Stuart Court.
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