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The gold-weigher

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  • Isaure asked

    What are the dimensions of this painting please? In cm. Thank you !!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Isaure,
    You can find this information and more by clicking the button 'show all details'. This painting is 64 cm wide and 75.7 cm high. Kind regards, Sofie

  • annette Bucknall asked

    I have this painting - is it the original?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Annette,
    Really nice to hear you have the same painting! This painting in our collection is signed by S Koninck and dated 1654. You can find this information in the details below. To learn more about the painting you have yourself, I would suggest going to an auction house. I hope I have been able to help you further with this! Kind regards, Sofie

  • mrs young asked

    i would like the cotton or wool numbers for this tapestry as i have got the canvas thank you

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Mrs. Young, I would love to help you but unfortunately I cannot. This is a painting, oil on canvas, by Salomon Koninck, not a tapestry. Let me know if there's anything else I could help you with. All best, Lisa Heinis.

  • Emma asked

    Waar kan ik dit schilderij zien?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Beste Emma, het schilderij is tot en met 17 januari 2021 te zien in het Belasting & Douane Museum. Veel plezier! Groeten, Sarie


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This gold-weigher by Salomon Koninck was made two years before the death of the painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt’s painting style is clearly recognisable in it. Koninck has clearly indicated the source of light. The incidental sunlight encapsulates the dark room in a soft glow. Scenes such as these have a long tradition. Goldsmiths, gold changers and bankers were painted from the early 16th century by artists including Quinten Massijs. Scenes showing gold being weighed were associated at the time with vices such as miserliness and ‘avaritia’. This meaning was also well known in the 17th century and it can therefore be assumed that Salomon Koninck wanted to use his old gold scales to symbolise ‘Miserliness’.

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Title The gold-weigher
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 64 cm
Height Error: 75,7 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Salomon Koninck
Accession number 1420 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1859
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1859
Creation date in 1654
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Samensmeden, Meesters in zilver (2019)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Salomon Koninck

Amsterdam 1609 - Amsterdam 1656

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