Pieter Cnoll, Cornelia van Nijenrode, their Daughters and Two Enslaved Servants, Jacob Coeman, 1665

Pieter Cnoll, Cornelia van Nijenrode, their Daughters and Two Enslaved Servants, Jacob Coeman, 1665

oil on canvas, h 132cm × w 190.5cm More details

Cnoll was a senior merchant of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in Batavia. In that position, in addition to his official function, he could conduct private business and become wealthy in a short period of time. Cornelia was the daughter of a VOC merchant and a Japanese courtesan. This portrait illustrates the opulence of their lifestyle and surroundings. The clothing – the latest Dutch fashion – is adorned with the most precious jewels. In the background are two of their fifty enslaved servants.

On display in Philips wing, room 1.3

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