RAVESTEYN, Jan Antonisz. van
(b. ca. 1572, Culemborg, d. 1657, Den Haag)

Portrait of Catherine de Rechteren

Oil on panel, 67 x 56 cm
Private collection

The sitter of this portrait is Catherine de Rechteren (born 1567), the second wife of Willem Fransz. Duyst van Santen (1564-1610), a member of a leading Northern Dutch Regent Family in Delft. His portrait is the companion piece of the present painting.

The details in these portraits confirm the couple's wealth and social status. In particular, Catherine's costume is of the greatest luxury, inspired by the Spanish fashion of the late 16th century, and worn in Flanders and the Northern Netherlands from 1600 onwards.

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