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Portrait of Captain Gideon de Wildt Bartholomeus van der Helst


Bartholomeus van der Helst Haarlem, 1613 – Amsterdam, 1670

Culture Netherlandish
Date 1657
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

135.8 x 119 cm
with frame: 171 x 154.5 x 17 cm

Inventory number 4316
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1600–1700 and British Painting 1600–1800, Gallery XI

Van der Helst was a fashionable portraitist of the Dutch upper and wealthy middle classes. Having profited from the art of Frans Hals and Rembrandt, he developed a realistic, yet decorative portrait style. Besides capturing the character, he also paid attention to the outward appearances, and intensified the painterly effect by painting accessories with virtuosity. This portrait was commissioned by Gideon de Wildt, who subsequently became a rear admiral of the Dutch fleet. The seascape detail in the background was probably painted by Willem van de Velde the Younger. This picture’s companion piece, depicting Gideon de Wildt’s wife, is in the Lyon museum.

Ildikó Ember

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