Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn Portrait of Catharina Belgica (1578-1648)
On view in Room 1
A ruff of fine lace and a string of pearls around her neck. Costly jewellery adorned with precious stones and a dress richly embroidered with gold thread. This is Catherina Belgica of Nassau, the third daughter of William the Silent and his third wife Charlotte of Bourbon.
Catharina Belgica was 39 when she had her portrait painted by the Hague artist Jan van Ravesteyn. The picture formed part of the collection of paintings belonging to Stadholder Frederik Hendrik, Catherina’s half-brother.
Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (The Hague c. 1572 - 1657 The Hague)
Portrait of Catharina Belgica (1578-1648)
On view in
Material and technical details
63.9 x 55.6 cm
upper left: Anno 1617
upper left: FIL’ DE HANNAU
on the verso: WM a brandmark with 'WM' (in ligature) with a crown on top, the mark of King-Stadholder Willem III and Mary, and the number '87'
on the verso: 87
Frederik Hendrik, Stadholder’s Quarter, The Hague, 1632; by descent to Prince William V, Honselaarsdijk Palace, Naaldwijk, 1755; sold or taken from the stadholder’s collection in or after 1795; purchased, 1820