Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a family group 1630c.

Cornelis de Vos Attributed to 

Portrait of a family group, Cornelis de Vos Attributed to
Oil on canvas
17th Century
A prosperous Netherlandish family is assembled in the countryside beyond a large City spanning a river, perhaps on an estuary. With a remarkable love of detail, as if each sitter is afraid their own interests might be overlooked, the members of the family brandishing the implements of their hobbies, a fishing rod, horses, hounds, hawks, birds dogs and the head of the house leads his horse into the group at the left. This eagerness, the engaging sense of enthusiasm, marks this out as an example of middle class portraiture which was becoming more and more commonplace by the early seventeenth century as large scale portraiture ceased to be the preserve of the upper classes.
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