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Portrait of Anna van Boxhoorn, her husband Jan van Amstel and an unknown boy

Portrait of Anna van Boxhoorn, her husband Jan van Amstel and an unknown boy

Abraham van den Tempel (in 1671)

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This double portrait was painted two years after Jan van Amstel’s death. The couple’s status is emphasised by their surroundings, their expensive clothes and the presence of an African boy who most likely came to the Netherlands via the slave trade. The ship in the background refers to Van Amstel’s role as a captain, as does the staff in his hand. Posthumous portraits were not uncommon in the 17th century, mostly commissioned by family members.

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Title Portrait of Anna van Boxhoorn, her husband Jan van Amstel and an unknown boy
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 181 cm
Height 142 cm
Artists Painter: Abraham van den Tempel
Accession number 1852 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1865
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1865
Creation date in 1671
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Vormen van verdraagzaamheid (2013)
A Global Table (2017)
Lief en Leed (2018)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Abraham van den Tempel

Leeuwarden circa 1622 - Amsterdam 1672

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