David Leeuw and Cornelia Hooft with their Children, Abraham van den Tempel, 1671

David Leeuw and Cornelia Hooft with their Children, Abraham van den Tempel, 1671

oil on canvas, h 190cm × w 200cm More details

The affluent Mennonite Leeuw-Hooft family is portrayed here making music; even the youngest daughter, Suzanna, joins in holding her flute. They are performing a religious song, with both the notes and lyrics clearly legible. Singing and music held great importance in the practice of their faith. Together, they embody a harmonious family life. The interplay of the sitters’ hands underscores the bond uniting them.

On display in room 2.19 Visit via the Music tour

Listen to audio fragment (from the multimedia tour)

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