About this artwork

This painting is typical of Maes’s small scale work of the mid-1650s. He posed this family group in an exterior setting, seated on a brick veranda with a vine climbing up the wall behind them. Although the child wears skirts, he is in fact a boy. Boys were only ‘breeched’ at age five or six. He holds a hobby horse, a typically ‘male’ toy. The dramatic lighting and colouring of the scene are indicative of Maes’s former training with Rembrandt. A false Rembrandt signature was removed from the picture when it was cleaned in 1952.

  • title:
    A Dutch Family Group
  • accession number:
    NG 1509
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  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • date created:
    Probably mid 1650s
  • measurements:
    Arched top: 50.50 x 38.00 cm (framed: 66.00 x 53.80 x 6.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Nicolaes Maes

Nicolaes Maes