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Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort

Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort

Nicolaes Maes (in circa 1672)

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  • aagje Lybeer asked

    I am examining this portrait for my Phd and was wondering if you have more information on this portrait (in general) or maybe more about the fact that this man is posing with bare arms.

    Best wishes!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Aagje, Thank you for your interest in this portrait. For general information I would advise to consult art-historical literature about Nicolaes Maes, and to try find additional information about the man who is portrayed. His portrait has been in the family for a very long time, until it came into the Boijmans collection. With respect to the bare arms: It might be interesting to research modes of representation (the strong man, the hero) as well as issues of men's fashion in the seventeenth century. Good luck with your research! Els


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Maerten Nieupoort was captain of a company of foot soldiers. He was born on 4 July 1642. On 20 December 1667, he married Maria Colve, whose portrait was also painted by Maes. Both paintings are in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Maerten Nieupoort died on 25 October 1674 during the siege of Grave. The canvas shows Nieupoort before an evening landscape. He is wearing a breast cuirass and is resting on a helmet that is on a plinth. The plinth is a reference of the power and strength that are attributed to Nieupoort. The warrior-like pose assumed by the captain is also a reference to his job as soldier.
The portrait was painted by Nicolaes Maes at the height of his creative powers. Around 1670, his development to elegant, monumental portraits against a landscape-like background had reached full maturity. Later, Maes, with his large output, would repeat his poses and base his work more on his routine.

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Title Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 111 cm
Height Error: 137,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Nicolaes Maes
Accession number 1483 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1864
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1864
Creation date in circa 1672
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Nicolaes Maes

Dordrecht 1634 - Amsterdam 1693

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