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Portrait of Catharina van Voorst, 1628

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Catharina van Voorst (1595–1650), Lucas’s wife and cousin, wears sumptuous attire, including a fine pleated ruff and gold thread embellishments. Her carefully depicted jewels were probably made by her husband. She bore nine children, seven of whom survived to maturity. Two sons followed their father into his profession of goldsmith and jeweler. The portraits of Catharina and Lucas remained in the van Voorst family until 1968. Sometime during those 340 years, the oak panels were reduced in height by about eight inches—mostly at the bottom. Originally, this painting showed all of Catharina’s white feather fan. And what a fan it must have been: inserted into a gold handle and hung from a thick gold chain, the feathers were likely expensive imports from the Netherlands' vast trade empire.

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Title
Portrait of Catharina van Voorst
Artist Life
1571–1638
Role
Artist
Accession Number
88.64.2
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