Frederick Henry, his Consort Amalia of Solms, and their Three Youngest Daughters, Gerard van Honthorst, c. 1647

Frederick Henry, his Consort Amalia of Solms, and their Three Youngest Daughters, Gerard van Honthorst, c. 1647

oil on canvas, h 263.5cm × w 347.5cm Catalogue entry

Amalia commissioned this painting for the palace of Huis ten Bosch. It hung next to portraits of her eldest, already married children, William II and his English bride, Mary, and Louise Henriette and Frederick William I of Brandenburg. Judicious marriages of state consolidated the position of the House of Orange among the other European royal families. Their three youngest daughters would marry German princes. Through them, Amalia’s love of Asian luxury was disseminated throughout Europe.

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