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A Boy with a Falcon and Leash
  • Joan van Noordt (1620 - 1676)
  • A Boy with a Falcon and Leash
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1665
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 82.3 x 65.8 cm
    Object size: 108 x 92 x 14 cm
  • P20
  • East Galleries I
Further Reading
  • Little is known about van Noordt. Described as from Amsterdam by a contemporary biographer, it is not known with whom he trained, although the works of Jacob Backer appear to have been a strong influence. His dated paintings range from 1653 to 1676. The boy’s rich costume lends an aura of refinement to the portrait, recalling the elegance of Van Dyck (q.v.) and of Van Noordt’s Flemish contemporaries such as Gonzales Coques (q.v.), while his occupation suggests the privileged status of the huntsman. Following the extension of hunting rights, which had been an exclusive privilege of the aristocracy, it became common for the wealthy Dutch middle classes to have themselves depicted enjoying this new privilege.