Burgomaster Hasselaar and His Wife
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.
- Artist: Circle of Gerrit Dou, Dutch, 1613-1675
- 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) (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
- Accession Number: 32.783
- Credit Line: Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)