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Portrait of a Family at Den Briel

Portrait of a Family at Den Briel

Adam Willaerts (in 1633)

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This large canvas can actually be classified into two categories. In the first place, it is a river view. It shows the return home of a trading ship near Maasland lock. In the second place, the work could be considered a group portrait. A family is shown in the foreground, somewhat to the left of middle. They are conspicuous because of their colourful, costly clothing. Considering the attention given to fish and ships in the painting, the man is possibly a wealthy fishing-fleet owner from Den Briel.

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Title Portrait of a Family at Den Briel
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Maritiem Museum
Dimensions Weight 85
Depth 14.2 cm
Height 192.6 cm
Width 422.2 cm
Artists Schilder: Adam Willaerts
Accession number 1982 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1864
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1864
Age artist About 56 years old
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Maritieme Meesters (2021)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Adam Willaerts

Antwerpen 1577 - Utrecht 1664

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