Portrait of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) and his Five Children

Adriaen Hanneman1640


Den Haag, Netherlands

Huygens was secretary to the stadholders, a poet and a composer. He was also a family man who took responsibility for part of his children’s upbringing. In 1639, Hanneman painted this portrait of Huygens and his children, portraying them in six medallions surrounded by imitation sculpture. The painting was hung in Huygens’ home, close to the Mauritshuis.

Huygens’ wife Suzanne van Baerle is missing from the portrait. She had died two years previously, after giving birth to their youngest daughter.


  • Title: Portrait of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) and his Five Children
  • Creator: Hanneman, Adriaen
  • Date Created: 1640
  • Physical Dimensions: h204.2 cm x w173.9 cm
  • Provenance: Constantijn Huygens and his heirs, Huygens residence, The Hague, 1640-1822; purchased, 1822
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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