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Aletta Hanemans was 19 when she got married and had this portrait painted by Frans Hals. The portrait of the bridegroom – Jacob Olycan – is hanging on the left. Hals was an expert in the art of characterisation, and was regarded as the best portraitist in Haarlem.

Hals is famous for his free, broad brushstrokes. But here his painting is finer, for example in the ‘bridal stomacher’ embroidered in gold. For this portrait commission, Hals may have had less freedom, having to focus more on achieving a good likeness.

Details

  • Title: Portrait of Aletta Hanemans (1606-1653)
  • Creator: Hals, Frans
  • Date Created: 1625
  • Physical Dimensions: h123.8 cm x w98.3 cm
  • Provenance: Aletta van Loo, Olycan's widow, Haarlem, 1638-1653; by inheritance to the Van Sypesteyn family, Haarlem, 1877; Victor de Stuers, The Hague, 1880; sold by him to the Dutch government, 1881; placed in the Mauritshuis, 1881
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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