Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit

They were young, famous, rich. They had their portrails made by a painter who was ‘hot’ in those days: Rembrandt van Rijn – himself young, famous and well to do. And just married (Marten and Oopjen celebrated their first anniversary – and waited for their first child to be born). For 400 years, they were part of private collections. Now they have been bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. Together. And so Marten and Oopjen will travel to and fro every so often (not too often, though…). But for now… they are home, in Amsterdam, where they came from. And until October 2016, they will be on show in the Rijksmuseum, next to the Night Watch, Rembrandt’s next assignment… So go and admire them while you can (and if possible, today Saturday 2 July, when the museum will be free)! Admire their lace, their silk, their fashionable clothes, their jewelry – all so well rendered by Rembrandt, who painted them like princes… the 17th century’s jet set of Amsterdam…

 

Source: Marten et Oopjen : jeunes, riches, et célèbres

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