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Burgomaster Hasselaar and His Wife

Gerrit Dou

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
A man of affairs, Burgomaster Hasselaar sits with quill in hand before a book and globe, both illuminated by soft light from the left. With a row of valuable leather-bound books on the shelf behind her, his wife, dressed in a costly millstone ruff, stands nearby with her hand on an overturned lute, an instrument symbolizing marital harmony. In the background, a well-known subject by Dou of a cave-dwelling hermit at prayer hangs on the wall, probably as a reminder that the couple’s material concerns—business and possessions—must be balanced by spiritual ones.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: Netherlands
  • DATES mid 17th century
    DIMENSIONS Oval: 27 3/16 x 23 in. (69.1 x 58.4 cm) frame: 35 7/8 x 32 in. (91.1 x 81.3 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left on bottom step: "GDov"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Circle of Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675). Burgomaster Hasselaar and His Wife, mid 17th century. Oil on panel, Oval: 27 3/16 x 23 in. (69.1 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.783
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