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 Jan van Amstel and his wife Anna Boxhoorn|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 181 cm
Height 142 cm
Abraham van den Tempel
|Accession number||1852 (OK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1865|
|Age artist||About 49 years old|
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Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|