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.
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.
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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|Title||Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 111 cm
Height 137.5 cm
|Accession number||1483 (OK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1864|
|Age artist||Between 36 and 41 years old|
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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