CORNELIA TOE BOECOP | PORTRAIT OF OTT VAN BRONCKHORST, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WEARING A CAPE
CORNELIA TOE BOECOP
(Kampen 1551 - 1629)
PORTRAIT OF OTT VAN BRONCKHORST, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WEARING A CAPE
signed, inscribed and dated lower left on the book: ÆTATIS / SVÆ. 52 / ANNO: / 1606 : ~ (left sheet); J. Cornelia / toe Boecop genamt / Hrderúijck heft / Sÿt gemaect : s / ∞ (right sheet)
oil on panel
37⅞ by 30¼ in.; 96.2 by 76.3 cm.
The panel consists of three vertical boards with two joins that are uncradled but stable. Painting presents a handsome sitter that reads well. One join runs vertically through the background, left of the sitter's head, until reaching the green table, while the other join runs vertically though the background, right of the sitter's head, until reaching the end of his black cloak. These fluoresce under the inspection of UV. There are further spots of retouches along the outline of the figure's head, as well as some thin, scattered inpainting to his face. A small spot of retouching is on the armor's head of the shield at upper right, though this is not too distracting. Further smaller, and scattered spots of retouching are here and there on the black cloak and background. Painting can hang as is. Offered in an ebonized wood frame with a gold inner-liner.
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Cornelia toe Boecop, a native of Kampen, received her training from her mother, Mechtelt toe Boecop (circa 1520 – 1598), who was herself an artist too. Although little is known of Cornelia's life, she first married Roderick van Harderwijck, which explains why she signed this painting genamt / H[a]rderúijck, or named Harderwijck. After Roderick's death, Cornelia married Gerrit toe Boecop tot de Ruwenberg. Given that Cornelia was 55 at the time this portrait was made, it seems that she continued to paint even after marrying.
This portrait depicts Ott van Bronckhorst, who married in 1590 Cornelia’s first cousin, Johanna van Harderwijck. Johanna was the daughter of Aelt van Harderwijck and Bette van Boecop. Though only a handful of works by Cornelia are known , it is likely that she painted more portraits of people from her direct circle as she was born in a noble family.
We are grateful to Sabine Craft-Giepmans, Curator at the RKD-Netherlands Institute of Art History, for her assistance in the cataloguing of this painting on the basis of photographs.
1. Another signed portrait of hers is in the Stedelijk Museum Kampen (inv. no. 6080).