Self-portrait, Ferdinand Bol, c. 1669
Ferdinand Bol painted this distinguished self-portrait on the occasion of his second marriage. Both the portrait and the frame – made especially for the painting – allude to love. The statuette of the sleeping Cupid refers to chastity and elevated spiritual love. As a sunflower (like that atop the frame) always turns to the sun, so should a suitor direct himself to his beloved.