The person in this 1639 portrait is the 64-year-old widow Cornelia van Wesel of Dordrecht. Her husband had had himself painted by another artist, and after his death she must have felt that she deserved a companion piece to herself. The idea that anyone with money could commission their portrait was new at the time. It was about keeping one’s memory alive.
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|Title||Portrait of Cornelia van Wesel|
|Material and technique||Oil on panel|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 58.5 cm
Height 70 cm
Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp
|Accession number||1140 (OK)|
|Credits||Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: M.C.C. Hussem-Verburg 1901|
|Age artist||About 45 years old|
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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