Portrait of Simon De Vos
Abraham De Vries portrayed the painter Simon De Vos in 1635. Until 1909, the assumption was that this was a self-portrait.
Triptych The Adoration of the Shepherds
Simon Rodriguez d’Evora, who commissioned this painting from Otto Van Veen (also sometimes called Otto Venius) is prominently depicted in the triptych of ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’ (1601). D’Evora was a benefactor. The rich Portuguese merchant donated a lot to poor relief. In 1601, he founded the St. Anne’s Almshouse for ten women.
Portrait The Hundred-Year-Old Madwoman
A real riddle. The painting of the “The Hundred-Year-Old Madwoman” (1656) by an anonymous artist depicts an unknown woman, whose age is unknown to us. In the late Middle Ages, the Maidens’ House was also a place where “daughters or widows, who had lost their wits… were locked up and fed”.
Portrait of Gilbert van Schoonbeke
Gilbert Van Schoonbeke (1519 - 1556) was also quite wealthy but his intentions were not as noble. He was an urban planner and a cunning businessman, and his motto was to get rich quick. He parcelled up large sections of undeveloped land within Antwerp’s city walls, earning a lot of money in a very short time and accumulating lots of possessions. He also had many enemies and died rather young. His heirs donated his entire inheritance to the Maidens’ House.
Portrettenwandeling door het Maagdenhuismuseum
Portretten zijn bijzonder goed vertegenwoordigd in de collectie. Op de vele doeken en panelen staan notabelen afgebeeld, gegoede burgers, weldoeners, kooplui, bestuurders … Vaak heel serieus, soms vrolijk of potsierlijk. Flierefluiter, nobele ziel of gewiekst zakenman? Tijdens de portrettenwandeling leidt een gids je rond en vertelt honderduit over wie ze waren, wat ze deden, en wat de link is met het Maagdenhuis.
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