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Portrait of Eva Wtewael (1607-1635)

Joachim Wtewael1628

Centraal Museum

Centraal Museum
Utrecht, Netherlands

The portrait of Eva is the only informal one in the series that Wtewael painted of his immediate family. He painted his youngest daughter when she was twenty-one. She is depicted as the paragon of a virtuous woman. The lacework and sewing cushion are references to her daily activities. The Bible or prayerbook on the table attest to her faith. It is likely that all the furniture and objects in the room existed in real life. The table on the painting is mentioned in the inventory of Wtewael and became part of the collection of the Centraal Museum by legacy.

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