The painting bears a signature and date upper right: J. Jordaens f /1625
Please note an amendment to the provenance: this painting was not with Galleria Caretto, Turin, by 1974.
Please note an amendment to the provenance: this painting was not with Galleria Caretto, Turin, by 1984.
We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for suggesting that the present painting by Duck does not follow the print, as is stated in the catalogue, but most probably precedes the print, as the quality of the painting surpasses the print. Furthermore, Meijer suggests that the painting was originally intended as a design for printmaking, hence the monochromatic palette.
The attribution of the print to Jan van der Bruggen dates from the 19th Century and has no solid ground.
We are grateful to Dr. Gregor J.M. Weber, Head of department of Fine Arts at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, for suggesting that the face and hair of the male sitter are possibly painted by Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693). This suggests that the original sitter done by Schalcken, has been altered, perhaps due to a remarriage of the female sitter.