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Double Portrait of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) and Suzanna van Baerle (1599-1637)

Jacob van Campenc. 1635

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis
Den Haag, Netherlands

In the seventeenth century, it was customary for marriage portraits to consist of two separate paintings. This double portrait of Constantijn Huygens and Suzanna van Baerle is an exception to this rule. It is remarkable that he is shown in profile, while she bends forward slightly to look at us. The couple are holding a sheet of music, as a sign of the harmony in their marriage.

The portrait was painted by Van Campen, the architect of the Mauritshuis.

Details

  • Title: Double Portrait of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) and Suzanna van Baerle (1599-1637)
  • Creator: Campen, Jacob van
  • Date Created: c. 1635
  • Physical Dimensions: h95 cm x w78.5 cm
  • Provenance: Sold to the owners of Whittington Hall, Lonsdale, Cumbria, in 1943 by Cecil Partridge; M.F. Bolongaro, Kendal, Cumbria, 1992; sale London, Christie’s, 15 April 1992, lot 21 (for 110.000 pounds); purchased by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation with the support of private individuals, 1992; on long-term loan from he Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1992
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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