Family Portrait

Public Domain

Artist / maker

Cornelis de Vos (painters (artists))

Date

ca. 1630 - ca. 1635

Period

17 century
Cornelis de Vos, a younger contemporary and friend of Rubens, enjoyed showing off his skills in different genres. His talent however is mainly revealed in the citizens’ portraits, which he painted between 1620 and 1640. This family portrait shows that he is a master when it comes to the composition of group portraits and the portrayal of children. He is…
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Cornelis de Vos, a younger contemporary and friend of Rubens, enjoyed showing off his skills in different genres. His talent however is mainly revealed in the citizens’ portraits, which he painted between 1620 and 1640. This family portrait shows that he is a master when it comes to the composition of group portraits and the portrayal of children. He is one of the first artists who chooses not to portray children, in spite of their pose and elaborate festive clothes, as small adults but instead emphasizes the spontaneity and openness that comes with their young age. The composition of this Family Portrait is clear and transparent, and reveals considerable craftsmanship in the representation of the fabrics and a remarkably natural style in the eyes and gestures of the people portrayed. De Vos does not indulge in a character study; he always remains a cool and objective onlooker. The family portrait also has a moralizing significance. The red apple refers to fertility and the seventeenth-century bourgeois marriage ethic that was aimed at reproduction.
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More about this work

Features
Artist / maker Cornelis de Vos VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works) AAT
Materials oil paint , canvas
Dimensions 143.5 x 204.5 cm
Location Work on display
Object number 1958-I
Description
Subjects portraits , figures (representations)
Tags historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass, historical persons Iconclass, anonymous historical persons portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait - BB - woman Iconclass, family group, especially parents with their child(ren) Iconclass, female sex; woman Iconclass, adult woman Iconclass, male sex; man Iconclass, adult man Iconclass, child Iconclass, mother (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, father (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass, boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass, sisters (second degree family relationships) Iconclass, brothers (second degree family relationships) Iconclass, son (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, daughter (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, tot, toddler ~ the ages of man Iconclass, the rich Iconclass, bourgeoisie, middle class, citizens, burghers Iconclass, postures and gestures of arms and hands Iconclass, postures and gestures of arms and hands in relation to each other Iconclass, postures and gestures of the hand Iconclass, fashion Iconclass, river bank Iconclass, head-gear (FALL HAT) Iconclass, pearl; pearl necklace Iconclass, pendant, trinket, 'breloque' Iconclass, bracelet, wristlet Iconclass, ear-rings Iconclass, ring Iconclass, diadem, tiara Iconclass, ornaments, jewels Iconclass, gloves, mittens, etc. Iconclass, necklace Iconclass, neck-gear: collar Iconclass, dress, gown Iconclass, coat, cape Iconclass, clothes for special purposes Iconclass, accessories (~ clothing) Iconclass, fruit Iconclass, fruit (APPLE) Iconclass, symbols and prefigurations of Christ Iconclass, the cross ~ symbols of Christ Iconclass, devotion ~ Christ Iconclass, architectural detail Iconclass, column, pillar ~ architecture Iconclass, couch, sofa, settee Iconclass, chairs (furniture forms) Iconclass, Maidenhood Iconclass, Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
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