(b. 1640, Leiden, d. 1719, Oegstgeest)

Allegory of the Arts

Oil on oak panel, 39 x 29 cm
Private collection

This panel depicts a female figure, the personification of Painting, being crowned with laurel leaves, a traditional symbol of the arts, by the male personification of Poetry.

Toorenvliet's work is rooted in the traditions of the Leiden school of painting. The so-called fijnschilders (fine-painters), specialised in scenes full of minute detail, executed in a highly polished style. Toorenvliet's teacher, Dou, was the biggest influence on the style, and artists such as Toorenvliet and Frans van Mieris the Elder, were among its most successful practitioners.

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