men's portraits 16th century

Group Portrait of the Amsterdam Shooting Corporation :: Jacobsz, Dirck

Group Portrait of the Amsterdam Shooting Corporation by artist  Jacobsz, Dirck - men's portraits 16th century
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Jacobsz, Dirck(b. ca. 1496, Amsterdam, d. 1567, Amsterdam)

Oil on canvas, 115 x 160 cm

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Dirck Jacobsz, the son of Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen was one of the first artists to specialize in portraiture. In 1529 he also painted the first portrait of a civic guard association, which was to became a Dutch speciality. He was later eclipsed by Anthonis Mor of Utrecht, court painter to the Spanish Netherlands.

This group portrait is one of the earliest examples of this genre in the Netherlands. The likenesses of 17 marksmen are arranged mechanically in three rows. Their membership in the corporation - a kind of volunteer militia - is indicated by the red and blue capes. The corporation's badge, an eagle's talon, appears on the cape of one of the front-row figures.

image: Public domain

Submitted by: Mila

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User   User Rating: 400  May 12, 2019

Unusual composition, group portrait on the background of the landscape. The picture draws attention primarily by the number of characters. Probably, the author wanted to move away from the standard portrait and show different images in one canvas, so that they could be compared, and contemplate a group of portraits as a whole. It is noticeable that the faces of the characters are turned at the same angle, although in different directions. Some of them are quite different, others are very similar. [Expand]


Ann   User Rating: 160  November 17, 2019

so many noble men in this picture, how majestic they all look together


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