Portrait of Sara Andriesdr. Hessix

Frans Halsc. 1626

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Lisboa, Portugal

Sara Andriesdr is depicted on this canvas. (lit. daughter of Andries) Hessix, wife of Michiel Jansz. van Middelhoven, a pastor from the city of Voorschoten, near Leiden, who also sat for Frans Hals for a painting whose current location is unknown. Both works were part of a pair and are thought to have been produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his wedding in 1586.
This composition came to be used as a formula for similar portraits executed later on, as it was the painter's first representation of a natural-sized female figure in sitting position. The work relates to a phase in which Frans Hals' style still reveals a rigorous attention to the drawing, something the painter later abandoned when he adopted a more spontaneous brush style. The composition is redolent of the finest Dutch genre painting and suggests the austerity that characterises the bourgeois portraits of that period.


  • Title: Portrait of Sara Andriesdr. Hessix
  • Creator: Frans Hals
  • Date Created: c. 1626
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Physical Dimensions: 87 x 70 cm
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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