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Portrait of a Girl

Oil on canvas

39.7 x 49.5 x 0 cm

Not For Sale

The rise of the bourgeois class in Antwerp at the start of the 17th century and the dawning of a new understanding of one’s own social status, led to a greater demand for family portraits as a representative form, reflecting the economic success and social status of the client. Working under the grand influence of Rubens and, especially, Van Dyck, Cornelis de Vos developed his own style that had earned him extraordinary popularity among the local bourgeoisie and had made him the leading portrait artist in Antwerp in the first half of the 17th century. He was particularly successful in the portrayal of children, to which special attention was paid in Dutch culture in those days in the trend of the rising significance of the family.