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A Renaissance Portico with Elegant Figures

Hendrick van Steenwijck II (Flemish, Antwerp (?) ca. 1580–1649 Leiden)
ca. 1615
Oil on copper
Diameter 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. James Eads Switzer, in memory of her aunt, Yrene Ceballos de Sanz, 1945
Accession Number:
Not on view
In subject and style, small cabinet pictures of this kind were collected by aristocratic connoisseurs. From about 1615, when this copper panel was painted, to the late 1630s Van Steenwyck worked for Charles I and his circle in London.
Inscription: Signed and dated (bottom center, on step): HEN[DRICK] V. STE[EN]WYCK 16[ ]
Mrs. James Eads Switzer, Great Neck, New York (until 1945)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Four Centuries of Miniature Painting," January 19–March 19, 1950, unnumbered cat. (p. 4).

Walter Liedtke in Perspectives: Saenredam and the Architectural Painters of the 17th Century. Exh. cat., Museum Boymans-van Beuningen Rotterdam. Rotterdam, 1991, p. 35, fig. 4 [Dutch ed., Perspectiven: Saenredam en de architectuurschilders van de 17e eeuw, Rotterdam, 1991], tentatively reads the date as 1614.

Walter Liedtke. "Addenda to 'Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art'." Metropolitan Museum Journal 27 (1992), pp. 118–20, fig. 14, dates it about 1615.

Walter Liedtke. "Toward a New Edition of Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Munuscula Amicorum: Contributions on Rubens and His Colleagues in Honour of Hans Vlieghe. Ed. Katlijne van der Stighelen. Vol. 2, Turnhout, Belgium, 2006, p. 669.

Christopher White. The Later Flemish Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. London, 2007, p. 304, under no. 90.

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