Studio, Shop, Cabinet, Gallery: Spaces for Experiencing Art in Europe, 1600-1800
Portrait of Jacob Moelaert
Europe, the Netherlands
10 1/4 x 7 11/16 in. (26 x 19.5 cm)
Mortimer C. Leventritt Fund
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Ph.D., Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator and Director of the Curatorial Fellowship Program, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University:
The painter Jacob Moelaert was known for the extensive art collection he amassed over his lifetime. In this print he appears standing in his collector’s cabinet, filled with paintings, sculptures, and books. His painter’s palette and the tools of his trade as an artist hang on the wall near the window. Moelaert balances an open album of prints on a windowsill, as if he were discussing them with the viewer. The volume’s right half rests on a skull, a traditional symbol of mortality. This suggests that Moelaert considered his collecting to be one of his life’s great achievements.
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