This week, embark on a blind date with...

Every Friday we invite you to a blind date with one of the characters from the exhibition. It's time to meet:

Jan van Hemessen (c.1500-1575/79)
Double Portrait of a Man and a Woman Playing Tric-Trac, 1532
Oil on panel
Antwerp, The Phoebus Foundation



No, we're not jealous of the dignitaries of our time. We’re doing well together. We belong to the middle class and we're happy. Not a big city palace, but we still show off gold leather against the wall. We seem to be playing a game of tric-trac, one of the oldest games, but that is an important symbol in this double portrait. In the game there is no winner or loser yet, in fact we are supporting each other. We're either like-minded or marriage partners.



Do you see the parrot on the edge of the table? Parrots have been imported into Europe from South America since the early sixteenth century. The parrot is a monogamous and faithful bird and symbolizes conjugal union. The bowl with fruits refers to a fruitful marriage. And I, as my husband's loving wife, show my support to my beloved one by putting my hand on his shoulder.

You can find me in the Museum Snijders&Rockoxhuis, I look forward to your visit. 

Wondering who our guest next week will be to make her or his appearance on this site? Hurry up next Friday to our website.


For those of you who can't get enough and already want to experience the story of the history of portraiture, there is an exhibition catalogue available which can be sent to your home (for a fee).

Also, especially for the occasion, we have made the visitor's guide available, for free. 


Meet the previous dates again here: