Oil on wood
8.9 x 7 cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
L. E. Holden Fund 2017.105
The domed building in the background of this portrait is the Marekerk, one of Leiden's most distinctive architectural landmarks.
Held in the hand or displayed in a private domestic space, miniature portraits were designed for intimate viewing. The sitter holds a watch, often a symbol of mortality and the passage of time. Like his colleague Gerrit Dou, Slingelandt was one of the Leiden fijnschilders (fine painters), a group of artists whose paintings were internationally recognized for their extraordinary detail and precise technique.
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