Double Portrait of both Artists

Jean Baptiste de Champaigne, Nicolas de Plattemontagne1654

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

One of the special works from the museum's collection of French painting is this double portrait of two artist friends who have portrayed each other. The figure on the left has painted the one on the right and vice versa. It is a special mark of their friendship. The instrument in the centre symbolizes the harmony between the two of them, but also between nature and painting, which they aimed at in their work. The date when the portrait was made is noted on a piece of paper at the table's edge: the year 1654.

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  • Title: Double Portrait of both Artists
  • Date Created: 1654
  • Theme: Portrait
  • Physical Dimensions: w1850 x h1320 cm (Without frame)
  • Painter(s): Jean Baptiste de Champaigne and Nicolas de Plattemontagne
  • Additional Artwork Information: The two painters were close friends and at the time the painting was made they were both 23 years old. Both also had a Flemish background. The father of Nicolas de Platte Montagne was actually named Matthieu van Plattenberg. He originally was a landscape artist from Antwerp who settled in Paris. Jean Baptiste was born in Brussels and when he was thirteen his uncle Philippe de Champaigne had him brought to Paris.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Donation heirs: D. Vis Blokhuyzen 1870, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on canvas