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Portrait of a Lady
1588 to 1653 Antwerp
Offered by Cider House Galleries Ltd
17TH CENTURY PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY WEARING A BLACK DRESS WITH A WHITE RUFF, LACE CUFFS WITH RED, HOLDING WHITE GLOVES WITH ONE HAND ON RED TABLE CLOTH
NICOLAES ELIASZ 1588 -1653/1656
KNOWN AS NICOLAES ELIASZOON PICKENOY
Oil on panel 45 x 33 ¼ inches
Framed size 50 x 38 ¼ inches
Nicolaes was born on 10 January 1588 the son of the Antwerp monumental mason Elias Claeszoon Pickenoy (1565–1640) and Heijltje Laurens s'Jonge (1562–1638), who emigrated to Amsterdam from Antwerp before Nicolaes was born. He went on to study art, possibly a pupil of Cornelis van der Voort.
In 1621 he married Levijntje Bouwens and lived near the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam and they had 10 children.
Nicolaes painted large Schuttersstukken, group portraits and individual portraits of local and national celebrities including Nicolaes Tulp, Cornelis de Graeff, Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp and Jochem Hendrickszoon Swartenhont and Elisabeth Bas's husband. His earliest picture is a portrait dated 1619. His most prolific period was from 1630 to1637, a period marked by a high artistic level and numerous commissions from prominent patrons. After 1637 he painted little, apart from a number of prestigious and lucrative group portraits. Nicholas also painted a small number of biblical subjects, one of which can be seen in the Museum Catharijne convent.
In 1637 he bought the house on the corner of Sint Anthoniessluis and Jodenbreestraat, from Adriaen Pauw . This was a fashionable area with many painters, art dealers and jewelers. The house had previously been owned by Cornelis van der Voort, and later by Hendrick van Uylenburgh. During the years 1631–1634 the latter was collaborating with Rembrandt van Rijn, who painted numerous portraits for Van Uylenburgh's art business. The house Nicholaes purchased had been a centre of Amsterdam portraiture for decades; however sadly after eight years he sold the lease, unable to keep up with the rent.
Nicolaes work is sometimes difficult to distinguish from that of some of his contemporaries. His style shows strong light that makes the heads stand out sharply and often somewhat exaggerated gestures.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Amsterdams Historisch Museum holds many of his best paintings.
Nicolaes died in 1653/1656.
Provenance: Private Collection U.K
|Height||45.00 inch||(114.30 cm)|
|Width||33.25 inch||(84.45 cm)|
|External Height||50.00 inch||(127.00 cm)|
|External Width||38.25 inch||(97.15 cm)|
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