Portrait of Joost Aemsz. Van der Burch

c. 1531-1540
Jan van Scorel (1495-1562)

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Young, beautiful and inexperienced, no, that doesn't apply to me. Just call me an arrived man with literally the wisdom at his fingertips! You see a wreath of coats of arms depicted above my head, I come from a noble family which gave me from birth a privileged place on the social ladder. In addition, I was advisor to Emperor Charles V and his judge for Brabant. I literally stayed in the higher circles. There is my charisma, but much more to show me power in this painting. Curious?

 

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The scroll in my right hand refers to my status and literacy, while the glove in my left hand indicates my prestige and wealth. The impressive frame, the life-size scale on which I am depicted and my serious and authoritative demeanour are all part of the representative function of the painting. This imposing official portrait is designed to express my social ambitions and self-confidence as an imperial councillor. 

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