PALAMEDESZ., Anthonie
(b. 1601, Delft, d. 1673, Amsterdam)

Family Portrait

1635
Oil on panel, 80 x 107 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

The genre of portrait was also practiced in Flanders, yet there are distinct differences between the North and the South in the Netherlands. Middle-class and Calvinist tendencies are particularly evident in the Dutch preference for mock-realism and intimacy, and it is these characteristics which predominate in Anthonie Palamedes' Family Portrait. The family, with numerous children, sits primly in a room with the air of a peep-show; Palamedes is not particularly interested in the actual portrait aspect of the work.