NICOLAES MAES | PORTRAIT OF BEATRIX SNELS (D. 1678), BUST-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND A BLACK CAP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam
PORTRAIT OF BEATRIX SNELS (D. 1678), BUST-LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND A BLACK CAP
signed and dated in the four spandrels: A./ 1678./ NMAES/ FECIT.
oil on oak panel, in a painted oval
unframed: 32.2 x 24.6 cm.; 12⅝ x 9⅝ in.
framed: 45 x 38 cm.; 17¾ x 15 in.
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The bevelled panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick and slightly streaky varnish, underneath which a few more recent retouchings are visible: tiny spots scattered in the upper section of the background, along the right margin, and in her white collar - but the work appears in overall good condition.
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Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, Tentoonstelling van zeldzame en belangrijke schilderijen van oude meesters in de kunstzalen der Maatschappij "Arti et Amicitiae": ten behoeve van het Weduwen – en Weezenfonds, 1876, no. 110;
The Hague, Meisterwerke der Porträtmalerei auf der Ausstellung im Haag, 1903, no. 80;
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 151;
Hamburg, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Die Geburt des Kunstmarktes. Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van Goyen und die Künstler des Goldenen Zeitalters, 23 September 2017 – 7 January 2018, no. 12.
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Beatrix Snels was the wife of the Reverend Cornelis Trigland (1609–72), educator of the young Prince William III. She died in 1678, the year this painting was executed. The pendant of this piece depicting the Reverend was painted 17 years earlier by Jan Mijtens; it also sold at Christie's, 20 October 1980, lot 219 and is today in the Paleis Het Loo National Museum, Apeldoorn (inv. no. A5371).