A Musician and His Daughter

Artist: Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, Amsterdam (?) 1596/97–1667 Amsterdam)

Date: 1629

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (74.9 x 52.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edith Neuman de Végvár, in honor of her husband, Charles Neuman de Végvár, 1964

Accession Number: 64.65.4

Description

In this dynamic formal portrait an amateur musician with a theorbo is presented with his daughter in a spare but stylish interior. Both are expensively dressed, the girl in adult attire. Other portraits of the period make it clear that the man may be married and have other children: such a portrait of parent and child has teaching or, at least, setting an example as its theme. The steep perspective and, as a result, the seemingly awkward pose of the man (he is sitting, not rising) are typical of De Keyser, who until Rembrandt arrived in the early 1630s was the most prominent portrait painter in Amsterdam.

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