The Artist: David Baudringhien is said to have been born about 1581. He was in Naples in 1629 and by 1635 lived in Amsterdam, where he died in 1650. He was a wealthy man and seems to have been an amateur who painted little; his portrait of Frederick Henry (1614–1629), count palatine of the Rhine, was in the collection of Charles I (1600–1649) (Oliver Millar, "Abraham van der Doort's Catalogue of the Collections of Charles I,” Walpole Society 37 , p. 6, no. 27; lent by Col. G. H. Anson to the exhibition “Seventeenth-Century Art in Europe,” Royal Academy, London, 1938, no. 158).
The Miniature: The inscription was identified as probably the signature of David Baudringhien by Dr. Horst Gerson of the National Institute of Art History, The Hague (1954).
This miniature is the pendant to MMA 32.75.15.
[2015; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]