Agatha Bicker

Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, 1634-1693)
c. 1675
Oil on panel (one of a pair) 
painted oval: 14-3/4 x 9-3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm); panel: 17 x 12 in. (43.2 x 30.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Maes was one of Rembrandt's most precocious pupils. He specialized in portraiture and, by the 1660s, had adopted the bright colors and elegance of Flemish artists and the French court to great success. This is clearly evident in the double portrait of the wealthy, influential Alewijns.

Dirck Alewijn (F.1972.43.3.1.P) was the Sheriff of Amsterdam, a title that was more honorary than active. His luxuriant wig and his wife's fine pearls and dress attest to their affluence.


By descent from the sitters to;
Dirk M. Alewijn (sale Amsterdam, Roos, 16 December 1885, lot 32, sold for fr. 480 to);
[Van Nulck.]
W. H. Blaauw, Amsterdam, by 1892 – until after 1916.
Cornelis Johannes Karel van Aalst, Hoevelaken (1866-1939), by 1939 and by descent to;
Dr. N. J. van Aalst, sold 1972 through;
[G. Cramer, The Hague, to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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