Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam
Painted circa 1675
Canvas, 43.5 x 32.5 cm
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
Two brothers as pendants
It seems probable that Nicolaas Maes had intended the two brothers as pendants. They are the same shape and comparable composition. Both young men are shown from the waist up within an oval cartouche. Hendrick’s head is turned slightly to the right, and Marten’s to the left. Both are wearing a quasi-Roman outfit with velvet drapery. By draping the cloth on the two portraits in contrasting directions, the two paintings together suggesting a vista onto a landscape, making it even more likely that they were originally intended as a pair.