4. Bernard Vaillant
Portrait of Pieter van Loon, 1607-1679 (1667)
Indistinctly signed and dated 1667 center right
Oil on canvas, 91.5 × 71.9 cm
– Private collection, UK
- Private collection, the Netherlands
This portrait presents Pieter van Loon, the director (or “Bewindleider” in Dutch) of the VOC, the renowned Dutch United East India trading company. Born in 1607 to Hans van Loon (1577-1658) and Anna Ruychaver (1573-1649), Pieter passed away in 1679 under unspecified circumstances. The viewer's gaze is drawn to Pieter's elegant and prominent hand, which showcases a medallion adorned with rose-cut diamonds. This could potentially symbolize his late wife, Anna van Foreest (1609-1654), whom he married in 1631. Another nod to Anna might be the ring on Pieter's little finger, as it was customary for husbands not to wear rings during that time period , while wives wore wedding rings on their little fingers.
* Condition report available upon request