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Susanna van Collen, Wife of Jean Pellicorne with her daughter Anna
  • Rembrandt (1606 - 1669) , and Studio
  • Susanna van Collen, Wife of Jean Pellicorne with her daughter Anna
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1632
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 155.3 x 122.5 cm
    Object size: 194 x 163 x 11.5 cm
  • Signature: Rembrant.f [ct.].16.
    Signature: 'Rembrandt. F[ct.?].16'
  • P90
  • Great Gallery
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  • Pendant to P82. Jean Pellicorne, a wealthy Amsterdam merchant, married Susanna van Collen in 1626, and their children, Anna and Caspar, were born in December 1626 and June 1628 respectively. Anna Pellicorne is shown receiving money from her mother in anticipation of the dowry she will later be given by her parents on her marriage. Her social role is further defined by the basket of grapes, implying her future fecundity within marriage.

    The pendant portraits of the family are dated on stylistic grounds and on the basis of the spelling of the signature (‘Rembrant’) to c. 1632 (the date was lost when the canvas was later cropped). They are therefore among the early commissions for portraits that Rembrandt received following his move to Amsterdam at the end of 1631, when he was working for the dealer Hendrick van Uylenburgh. The full-length portrait was much more expensive than the half- or bust-length format. The fact that Rembrandt painted so few of them further attests to the importance of this commission. It has been suggested that despite this fact, Rembrandt delegated areas of the composition to studio assistants. In any event, this pendant pair is certainly a forerunner to the famous ‘speaking portraits’ of the Shipbuilder Jan Rijcksen and his Wife Griet Jans (1633, Royal Collection) and the Preacher Anslo and his Wife Aeltje Schouten (1641, Berlin Gemäldegalerie).