Portrait of Cornelis Apostool, Paulus Joseph Gabriël, c. 1817

Portrait of Cornelis Apostool, Paulus Joseph Gabriël, c. 1817

h 56.5cm × w 24.7cm × d 23.0cm. More details

Apostool was the first director of the Koninklijke Museum in Amsterdam, forerunner of the Rijksmuseum. His portrait was sculpted by the royal sculptor Paulus Gabriël, who chose a Classical form whereby Apostool’s head appears to emerge naturally from a block of stone. This type of portrait, known as a herm, was used mainly for artists and art lovers.

On display in room 1.12 Marble Classicism

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