Portrait of Alexander van der Capellen, Heer van den Boedelhoff

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Pieter Claesz. Soutman (Dutch, ca. 1580–1657)
Portrait of Alexander van der Capellen, Heer van den Boedelhoff, 1626
Oil on panel
48 × 35 3/8 in. (121.92 × 89.85 cm)
Gift of Anita Vogel Hinrichs in memory of Ferdinand Hinrichs M1992.269
Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er
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Alexander van der Capellen gazes confidently out of his portrait, secure in his role as an influential Dutch politician and trusted advisor to Prince Frederik Hendrik, leader of the Dutch Republic. Although his costume is mostly sober black, the substantial neck ruff, slashed sleeves with elaborate embroidery, and row of gold-embellished bows indicate his social standing. The artist, Soutman, was an important portraitist in the city of Haarlem, in part because of his early training in the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, and would have been the most fashionable choice to paint the likeness of a sitter of van der Capellen’s stature. In this respect, the portrait communicates the sitter’s social significance not only through the decorative details of his costume but also through the reputation of the artist selected to paint it.

Publication History
Barrett, Kerry. Pieter Soutman: Life and Oeuvre. Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co, 2012, p. 148, PAttr-1.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, September/October 2001, p. 7, b/w illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, July–August 1993, no page, b/w illus. (as Flemish, Portrait of a Man)

Milwaukee Art Center. Portraits from Milwaukee Collections. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1971, no. 37, b/w illus. (as Cornelis de Vos, An Unknown Gentleman)

Red Lodge. Souvenir Catalogue of the Exhibiton of Dutch Old Masters. Bristol, Red Lodge, 1946, no. 17, b/w illus. (as Portrait of a Gentleman by Cornelis de Vos lent by J. Mendes, Esq.)

Greindl, Edith. Corneille de Vos: portraitiste flamand (1584–1651). Brussels: Editions de la Librairie encyclopédique, 1944, p. 143. (as Cornelis de Vos)
Exhibition History
Recent Acquisitions, Milwaukee Art Museum, May 21, 1993–August 22, 1993. (as Flemish, Portrait of a Man)

Portraits from Milwaukee Collections, Milwaukee Art Center, September 3–October 10, 1971. (as Cornelis de Vos, An Unknown Gentleman)

Exhibiton of Dutch Old Masters, Red Lodge, Bristol, England, March 14–April 6, 1946. (as Cornelis de Vos)


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