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Isaack Luttichuys, Portrait of a young lady, possibly Susanna Reael, 1656
Top models of the Dutch Golden Age
Exhibition of 17th-century portraits of women at the
From 7 September to 12 December, the exhibition Dutch Girls will feature
at the Schiphol Airport annex of the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition will
consist of a small collection of nine well-to-do, leading models from the
Golden Age, most stunningly painted by among others Frans Hals, Caesar
van Everdingen, Isaak Luttichuys, and Barholomeus van der Helst.
The paintings demonstrate the timelessness of vanity. Even in the 17th century, women and girls
tried to look their best, particularly when they were immortalised in portraits. Painters portrayed
models as attractive as possible, while also attempting to capture their true character. Great care
was also taken to paint their luxurious, fashionable clothing and jewellery.
At that time, appearing in a portrait was considered a status symbol, as only the wealthier classes
could afford to commission a portrait. The women depicted in these paintings were of such a
social standing either because their husbands occupied high office or because they came from
distinguished families. The latter category includes Catharina van der Voort, who was married to
the successful textiles merchant from Leiden, Pieter de la Court. In certain cases, the women
themselves also played a prominent role in society. Maria van Oosterwijck is one such example.
She was one of the few successful 17th–century female painters specialising in flower paintings who
had the opportunity to earn distinction in the mostly male-dominated world of art.
Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard between Piers E and F in the area
beyond passport control. The museum is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The
Rijksmuseum Schiphol has a permanent exhibition of works of Dutch Golden Age Masters from
the Rijksmuseum collection. A temporary exhibition is also staged three times a year. There is a
modern Museum Shop featuring Dutch Design and Rijksmuseum souvenirs.
ING is the presenting partner of the Rijksmuseum Schiphol.
The Dutch Girls exhibition can be viewed from 7 September to 12 December 2011 at the
Digital images can be downloaded from the Rijksmuseum website: www.rijksmuseum.nl/press
For more information:
Rijksmuseum Rijksmuseum Schiphol Group
Press and Publicity Dept. Corporate Communications
Jacobien Schneider Kathelijne Vermeulen
T. +31(0)20 6747330 T. +31(0)20 6012673
For more information about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, go to www.schiphol.com