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Creator Name: Santvoort, Dirck van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1610 - 1680
Creator Name-CRT: Dirck van Santvoort
Title: Elisabeth Spiegel
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1639
Creation End Date: 1639
Creation Date: 1639
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: Framed: 80.6cm x 68.3cm x 3.9cm, Unframed: 62.7cm x 49.5cm
Inscriptions: Inscribed on back: "Elisabet Spiegel"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1975.81
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin
Provenance: J. L. Muyser, The Hague (1883, 1895); (W. Macbeth, New York sale 1916); (New York sale 1972)
Context: This painting belongs to a series of five portraits, now divided among various museums, depicting the daughters of Elbert Dircksz and Petronella Spiegel, wealthy citizens of Amsterdam. Each of these pictures of Elisabeth and her sisters show them with an object representing one of the five senses. Elisabeth, shown holding a flute, evokesthe sense of hearing.Although only 11 years old, Elisabeth is dressed like an adult in a fitted, low-necked gown of costly satin. Her rich clothing suggests her parent's prosperity, as do the pearls of her necklace, hair ornament, and brooch. The ostrich feathers in her hair likewise point to her family's wealth. Imported from Africa, these plumes also reflect the importance of Amsterdam as an international trade center.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1975.81
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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