Portrait of Susanna Cock, wife of the painter

c. 1621-1624
Cornelis De Vos (1584-1651)

FRIDAY NIGHT = DATE NIGHT!

I'm Susanna Cock, my name may not tell you much, but there may be a bell ringing when I introduce myself as Mrs. Cornelis The Fox. My husband was a renowned portrait painter and also the brother-in-law of the animal and still-life painter Frans Snijders. Especially the rich middle class knocked on my husband's door to be portrayed. And one day Cornelis decided to make my portrait. He did admit that he wanted to practise representing the various materials that make up my outfit as realistically as possible: my jewellery, lace, gold embroidery, velvet... Admittedly, no mean feat, but he did succeed. I'm also wearing a cloak, not just any cloak, but a fashion phenomenon in my time.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE PARTICULAR NAME FOR THAT CLOAK AND HOW IT WAS DESIGNED?

A Vlieger (latterly a flyer), an open-fronted rope! It was a typical piece of Low Countries’ apparel, originating from the Spanish ropa and it was just like the ropa, open in the middle. However, it had a more flowing cut and the skirt panels were often draped back and flapped behind the wearer as she walked. It was as if she flew by.