Portrait of Loef Vredericx (1590-1668) as an Ensign

Thomas de Keyser1626


Den Haag, Netherlands

In his daily life, Loef Vredericx was a silversmith, but here he is portrayed in the honourable position of ensign of the Amsterdam civic militia. Loef proudly had his portrait painted in this office by Thomas de Keyser, the most celebrated portraitist in Amsterdam at the time. Loef is wearing the costume of a marksman with a green sash around his waist, an iron gorget and a rapier at his side. The standard bears the Dutch lion and the text ‘Pro Patria’ – for the fatherland.

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  • Title: Portrait of Loef Vredericx (1590-1668) as an Ensign
  • Creator: Keyser, Thomas de
  • Date Created: 1626
  • Physical Dimensions: h92.5 cm x w69 cm
  • Provenance: Loef Vredericx, Amsterdam and Utrecht, 1626-1668; Tsar Paul I, Gatschina Palace, near St Petersburg, before 1924; Hirschmann Gallery, Berlin, before 1930; Van Diemen Gallery, Amsterdam, 1930-1931; purchased with the support of the Rembrandt Association and private individuals, 1931
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel