Portrait of a Noblewoman with a Parrot

c.1619-1620
Antoon Van Dyck (1599-1641)

FRIDAY NIGHT = DATE NIGHT!

I was lucky to have been portrayed by Master Anthony. It's not obvious, he's the most expensive portrait painter, still very young, but with a reputation to say the least. Today you would spend the money for such a portrait on a family car. I may not have to convince you of his talent, but the way he paints the exclusive fabrics of my outfit are so real that you can hardly suppress the tendency to touch the painting... but of course you can't! You're probably wondering if I'm a single businesswoman, or the woman behind her husband?

 

YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING IF I’M SO SUCCESSFUL MYSELF THAT I CAN AFFORD THIS PORTRAIT, OR IF IT’S BECAUSE OF MY HUSBAND?

On my right, you see a little green parrot, symbolizing marital fidelity. But you don't have to look for the portrait of my husband, it's long gone. That's how it is with an inheritance, we've been a couple for years, I, the woman behind her husband, but after death we're separated. I hope the portrait of my husband ever turns up.

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