Aelbert Cuyp Equestrian Portrait of Pieter de Roovere (1602-1652)
Pieter de Roovere, Lord of Hardinxveld, is sitting high on his horse, pointing with his whip to the salmon the fisherman is showing him. In the background, his men are salmon fishing – the main source of income in the village of Hardinxveld. The sky is dark, but there is still a strip of golden sunlight to be seen on the horizon.
Cuyp, who worked in the neighbouring town of Dordrecht, chose a remarkably low vantage point here, making De Roovere tower above us and emphasising his impressive appearance.
Equestrian Portrait of Pieter de Roovere (1602-1652)
123.5 x 154 cm
lower left: A. cuijp
Probably Pieter de Roovere and his heirs, Dordrecht; Ocker Repelaer van Driel, Dordrecht, 1804-1820; purchased, 1820 (exhibited in the Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague); transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822
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