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Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort

Portrait of Maerten Nieupoort

Nicolaes Maes (in circa 1672)

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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 137.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Nicolaes Maes
Accession number 1483 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1864
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1864
Age artist Between 36 and 41 years old
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Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Nicolaes Maes

Dordrecht 1634 - Amsterdam 1693

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