17th century Dutch school attributed to Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy (1588 - 1653/1656) Portrait of a young lady
Oil on panel of 67 cm by 50 cm
Dutch frame with inverted profile and decorations of ripples 91 cm by 75 cm
Our portrait attributed to Nicolae Pickenoy represents meticulously, in the tradition of the Dutch portrait school in the 17th century, a young lady dressed in the finery of the time.
Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy (1588 - 1653/1656)
He was the son of Elias Claeszoon Pickenoy (1565-1640) and Heijltje Laurens s'Jonge (1562-1638), who immigrated to Amsterdam before the birth of Nicolaes Pickenoy.
Pickenoy painted large Schuttersstukken, group portraits of orphanage regents and individual portraits of local or national celebrities
The first image attributed to the artist is "The Osteological Presentation of Dr Sebastiaen Egbertz de Vrij" from 1619, now in the Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
The 1930s saw its peak, a period marked by a high artistic level and numerous commissions from major patrons. He then painted little, with the exception of a few prestigious and lucrative group portraits. Besides portraits, he also painted a small number of biblical subjects.
The Rijkmuseum Amsterdam and the Museum Catharijneconvent house many of his best works, including the Schutterstukken or the paintings of the militia.
In 1637 he bought the house on the corner of Sint Anthoniessluis and Jodenbreestraat, a fashionable neighborhood with many painters, art dealers, jewelers, etc. The house previously belonged to Cornelis van der Voort, and later to Hendrick van Uylenburgh.
So the house that Pickenoy bought was a portrait center of Amsterdam for decades. In 1639, Rembrandt returned to the district by purchasing the house next to Pickenoy, the current Rembrandthuis.
Pickenoy's work is difficult to distinguish from that of some of his contemporaries, notably Mierevelt. The sometimes fierce light that brings out the heads, the somewhat exaggerated gestures, the large greenish-brown shadows and the sometimes odd-shaped eyes are typical of Pickenoy.