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Burgomaster Gillis Valckenier and his Family 1675

Gabriel Metsu

Burgomaster Gillis Valckenier and his Family 1675 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
   

Title:Burgomaster Gillis Valckenier and his Family 1675
Painted by:Gabriel Metsu
Location:Gemaldegalerie - Berlin
Year:1675
Orientation:Landscape
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There is still some confusion among art historians about the history of one of the paintings by Metsu, now in the Gemäldegalerie.
Valckenier vs Hinlopen
Posted by Taco Tichelaar on 15.February 2009, 06:34

 
Because the sitters are known it is probably a portrait. After the Geelvinck family ceased to exist in the early 19th century, the traces to the real origins were lost. The Swiss family Tschiffely sold the painting in 1832. In the end of the 19th century it was known as depicting the Familie des Kaufmanns Gelfing.
Valckenier vs Hinlopen
Posted by Taco Tichelaar on 15.February 2009, 06:34

 
Because the sitters are known it is probably a portrait. After the In 1907 the known Dutch art-historian Hofstede de Groot mentioned the parrot in the painting of the Familie Geelvinck. Remarkably he described the painting as langweilig (= boring). In 1984 also Bob Haak describes it as depicting the Geelvinck family. The family Hinlopen by G. Metsu (1663)
Valckenier vs Hinlopen
Posted by Taco Tichelaar on 15.February 2009, 06:35

 
In 1976 Van Eeghen renamed the painting to De familie van burgemeester Gillis Valckenier, and dated it in 1657. This was mainly based on the bird in the painting, which van Eeghen imagined to be a falcon. Irene Groeneweg reasons that the bird, held by the boy, is a Cuban Amazon parrot. Another reason to doubt the classification is that, according to the Amsterdam City Archives, burgomaster Gillis Valckenier had only three children at the time of the paintings creation.
Valckenier vs Hinlopen
Posted by Taco Tichelaar on 15.February 2009, 06:36

 
Additionally she discovered support for her view in Hinlopens will. Nevertheless the painting is still and erroneously referred to as: The Family of burgomaster Gillis Valckenier.
Valckenier vs Hinlopen
Posted by Taco Tichelaar on 15.February 2009, 06:37

 
The painting on the wall behind the Hinlopen family is "Verminder" by Simon de Vlieger, and was a gift from Jan van der Cappelle to his client Jan Hinlopen
Hinlopen
Posted by Jill Holloway on 8.April 2010, 05:48

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