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This gold-weigher by Salomon Koninck was made two years before the death of the painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt’s painting style is clearly recognisable in it. Koninck has clearly indicated the source of light. The incidental sunlight encapsulates the dark room in a soft glow. Scenes such as these have a long tradition. Goldsmiths, gold changers and bankers were painted from the early 16th century by artists including Quinten Massijs. Scenes showing gold being weighed were associated at the time with vices such as miserliness and ‘avaritia’. This meaning was also well known in the 17th century and it can therefore be assumed that Salomon Koninck wanted to use his old gold scales to symbolise ‘Miserliness’., Salomon Koninck was the son of a goldsmith who emigrated from Antwerp to Amsterdam. Could this be a portrait of Koninck’s father? The gold weigher has a small set of scales in his hand and the accompanying box of coin weights is on the table.

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Title The gold-weigher
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Belasting & Douane Museum
Dimensions Width 64 cm
Height 75.7 cm
Artists Schilder: Salomon Koninck
Accession number 1420 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1859
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1859
Age artist About 45 years old
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Samensmeden, Meesters in zilver (2019)
Research Alma
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Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Salomon Koninck

Amsterdam 1609 - Amsterdam 1656

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