Portrait of Adam Wachendorff, with a Putto Blowing Bubbles, Cornelis Ketel, 1574

Portrait of Adam Wachendorff, with a Putto Blowing Bubbles, Cornelis Ketel, 1574

oil on panel, h 50.3cm × d 48.6cm More details

The sitter, Adam Wachendorff, can be identified from the family coat of arms on his watch case. He was the secretary of the London offices of the Hanseatic League, a trading alliance of European cities. The Greek inscription on the original frame (‘Man is a soap bubble’) and the naked youth blowing bubbles on the reverse allude to the transience of human life.

On display in room 0.6

Collections with this work

Putti

Rijksmuseum

March 2018

Aaron Navrady's Picks

April 24 2018 - 34 works 54 0

Early Painting

Theo ter Borg

June 11 2018 - 64 works 271 1

Make your own creations with this work