Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman
Jan Miense Molenaer (Dutch, c. 1610-1668)
late 1630s
Oil on panel 
33 x 23 in. (83.8 x 58.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Jan Miense Molenaer is best known for his genre scenes and compositions of elegant groupings often referred to as “merry companies.” He spent most of his life in Haarlem, and in 1636 married painter Judith Leyster. This unusual full-length portrait depicts an elegant man gesturing as if in reference to a pendant painting. Paired marriage portraits were often interrelated in this manner. The husband and wife would face one another across the picture frame, and a subtle gesture such as this would confirm their bond.


Sénateur Ferdinand Raphaël Bischoffsheim (1837-1909), Belgium and France, in 1886, by inheritance to his granddaughter;
Marie-Laure Henriette Bischoffsheim, Vicomtesse de Noailles (1902-1970), Paris, still in 1947.
[Galerie Victor Mandl, Paris, by February, 1950, when consigned (as “Dutch, 17th century”) to];
[Pieter de Boer, Amsterdam (as “Thomas de Keyser”); returned to];
[Galerie Victor Mandl, Paris].
[Wildenstein, Paris, in 1963].
[Galeries Les Tourettes, Basel/Dr. Otto and Anne Wertheimer (as “Molenaer”), consigned June 1972 to];
[Schaeffer Galleries, Inc., New York, stock no. 2709, sold 26 January 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Please fill our our Online Reproduction Request Form or download the Application for Reproduction Permission PDF Form and submit it to the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (626) 449-6840 x 3300
Fax: (626) 796-4978