Self-Portrait (Bol)

Self-Portrait is a c.1669 oil on canvas painting by Ferdinand Bol, now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.[1] Showing the artist in an embroidered robe leaning on a small sculpture of Cupid, it is thought to have been painted on the occasion of his second marriage to Anna van Erckel in 1669.

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It is probably the self-portrait mentioned in the probate records relating to the artist's unmarried son Elbert, though it is unknown to whom it was bequeathed. It was sold as lot number 9 at a Weduwe C. Roos auction of the collection owned by a man named Wreesman on 17 August 1818. It was bought by Albertus Brondgeest, who left it to its current owner in 1849.[2]

Exhibition historyEdit

  • Historische Tentoonstelling van Amsterdam, gehouden in den Zomer van 1876, Oudemannenhuis, Amsterdam, 1876.
  • Prijst de lijst. De Hollandse schilderkunst in de zeventiende eeuw, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 6 April - 1 July 1984, 61, p. 2, 24, 234, 244, 266.
  • Portretten van echt en trouw, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, 15 February - 13 April 1986, 9, p. 87.
  • De glorie van de Gouden Eeuw. Nederlandse kunst uit de 17de eeuw. Schilderijen, beeldhouwkunst en kunstnijverheid, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 15 April - 17 September 2000, ISBN 90-400-9433-0, 74, p. 119.