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Portrait of Gertrude van Limborch

Thomas de Keyser

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
Nine years after their marriage, Gertrude and Frans van Limborch approached Thomas de Keyser to paint a pair of portraits commemorating their union. (The painting of Frans hangs in northern England; see illustration.) In selecting de Keyser, Amsterdam’s great master of polished and elegant figures, the couple signaled their wealth and social standing, which is reinforced here by Gertrude’s rings and costly lace cuffs and ruff. They most likely met the painter in church; all three were Remonstrants, a Protestant sect expelled from the Dutch Reformed Church.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS 46 1/8 × 34 1/16 in., 81 lb. (117.2 × 86.5 cm) frame: 59 x 48 in. (149.9 x 121.9 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS (monogram): ANNO 1632. / AETATIS SUAE 27.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. J. Fuller Feder
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, 1596/97-1667). Portrait of Gertrude van Limborch. Oil on canvas, 46 1/8 × 34 1/16 in., 81 lb. (117.2 × 86.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. J. Fuller Feder, 57.142 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.142_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 57.142_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, 1596/97-1667). <em>Portrait of Gertrude van Limborch</em>. Oil on canvas, 46 1/8 × 34 1/16 in., 81 lb. (117.2 × 86.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. J. Fuller Feder, 57.142 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.142_PS2.jpg)