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Portrait of Captain Gideon de Wildt Bartholomeus van der Helst

Artist:

Bartholomeus van der Helst Haarlem ca. 1613 – 1670 Amsterdam

Date: 1657
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 135.8 x 119 cm with frame: 171 x 154.5 x 17 cm
Type: painting
Inventory number: 4316
Collection: Old Master Paintings

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.

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