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Portrait of the Haarlem shell collector Jan Govertsen van der Aer

Portrait of the Haarlem shell collector Jan Govertsen van der Aer

Hendrick Goltzius (in 1603)

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  • Stephan klingen asked

    Where I ca find the information about the provenance about this work?
    All the best

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Stephan, when you scroll down and click the blue button 'show all details', you will find that the painting is on loan from the P & N de Boer Foundation since 1960. In our collection registration system I found that the Foundation bought it from a Parisian art dealer (Tableaux Drouot). Before that it was in the collection of Gottfried von Preyer. Before that it was auctioned by Van Pappelendam & Schouten and before by Bos in Amsterdam. Finally it comes from the collection of Neeltje Govertsdr van der Aer, a relative of the man who is portrayed. I hope this is helpful. Kind regards, Els

  • Louise Hadorph asked

    For the editing company Votum Förlag, Karlstad, Sweden, and a forthcoming publication, Tingens poesi, liv och död i europeisk stillebenkonst 1600-1900 written by prof. Görel Cavalli-Björkman, we would like to use a high resolution image of:
    Hendrick Goltzius, Portrait of Jan Govertsen.
    We also ask permission to publish it.
    Thank you in advance

    Louise Hadorph

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Louise,

    since 2021 the museum stimulates the accessibility of the collection by offering images of artworks for free when they are photographed professionally. You can read the procedure to request images on this webpage https://www.boijmans.nl/en/image-requests.

    I hope this information is helpful.

    Kind regards,


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The famous Haarlem based painter and engraver Hendrick Goltzius has painted an informal portrait of his friend, the textile merchant Jan Govertsen van der Aer. The proud merchant is dressed in a black tunic with a simple open collar. On his lap is his valuable collection of shells.

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Title Portrait of the Haarlem shell collector Jan Govertsen van der Aer
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width Error: 82,7 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height Error: 107,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Hendrick Goltzius
Accession number 3450 (OK)
Credits Loan P. & N. de Boer Foundation, 1960
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1960
Creation date in 1603
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions A Global Table (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Hendrick Goltzius

Brüggen 1558 - Haarlem 1617

Hendrik Goltzius was an engraver from Haarlem. In the beginning he mainly engraved works designed by other artists, but later also used his own designs....

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