Margarita Trip as Minerva, Instructing her Sister Anna Maria Trip, Ferdinand Bol, 1663

Margarita Trip as Minerva, Instructing her Sister Anna Maria Trip, Ferdinand Bol, 1663

oil on canvas, h 208cm × w 179cm More details

In 1662 the fabulously wealthy Trip family moved into the stateliest private residence in all of Amsterdam. Hanging above a mantelpiece in one of the private rooms was this portrait of two of the Trip daughters: Margarita, wearing a helmet and a breastplate, represents Minerva (goddess of art and science), and the eager student kneeling by her side is her eleven-yearold sister Anna Maria. In reality, Anna Maria received instruction from a private tutor.

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