Portrait of Anthony Reyniers and His Family
By 1610, Netherlandish portraiture was so well-established that it had settled into formal, orthodox formulas. Such is the case for this group portrait. The fidelity to realistic detail considered so important for quality in northern Renaissance portraits persists in this period, but the impetus for innovation disappeared when portraiture became a steady income for artists. This may be in part due to the fact that middle class patrons, such as these, did not have the same level of education in art and literature as their wealthy counterparts, and simply wanted to see themselves on canvas.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Vos, Cornelisz de
Artist Dates: 1585-1651
Period: 17th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 170.2 x 245.1 cm
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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