Ostade, Van, Adriaen, “The De Goyer family and the painter”

Ostade, Van, Adriaen, “The De Goyer family and the painter”

Haarlem 1610 – 1685

The De Goyer family and the painter

Panel
Dated: 1650-55
63 x 51 cm
Inv.nr. 86-1946, Cat.nr.121

Thanks to archive research by Bredius we know who the figures are: members of a prominent catholic family in Amsterdam. Ostade, also a catholic, is the man standing on the right. The man sitting is Hendrick de Goyer, steward of Heemstede, his future wife Anna Questiers is the lady in pink. Holding a letter is Catharina Questiers, a well-known personality in her time. The poets Huygens and Vondel wrote about her, and she herself composed poetry and made etchings.