Portrait of Maertgen van Bilderbeecq, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Portrait of Maertgen van Bilderbeecq
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Rembrandt (Werkstatt?): Bildnis des Willem Burchgraeff (1604-1647), 1633, Öl auf Eichenholz, 67,5 x 52 cm, Inv.-Nr. 1557, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Portrait of Maertgen van Bilderbeecq, 1633

67.4 x 55.2 x min. 1.0 cm
maximum depth
1.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1844
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 6


About the Work

With its oval format, spartan staging and reduced palette, this painting represents a portrait type Rembrandt employed repeatedly for the members of the Amsterdam patriciate during his early phase in that city. The likeness is impressive by virtue of the immediacy with which he rendered the well-nourished young lady’s features. The open brushwork gives her a lifelike quality. The representation of various precious textiles one above the other – for example the delicate fabric of the ruff and the lace border of the bonnet – testifies to the artist’s painterly sophistication.

Audio & Video

  • Exhibition “Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition” (2021)
  • MA-XRF meets Maertgen van Bilderbeecq. Rembrandts frühes Porträt in der Diskussion
    „MA-XRF meets Maertgen van Bilderbeecq. Rembrandts frühes Porträt in der Diskussion“ Ein Vortrag von Mareike Gerken und Dr. Friederike Schütt, Städel Museum Frankfurt. Anlässlich der Ausstellung „Nennt mich Rembrandt! Durchbruch in Amsterdam“ veranstaltete das Städel Museum eine internationale Tagung, die sich aktuellen kunsttechnologischen Forschungen zu Rembrandts Gemälden und Arbeiten auf Papier widmete. Die Tagung brachte Perspektiven aus den Fachdisziplinen der Kunstgeschichte und Restaurierung zusammen und ging der Frage nach, welche kunsttechnologischen und methodischen Herangehensweisen derzeit im Vordergrund der Rembrandt-Forschung stehen und welche Ergebnisse sie für die zukünftige Forschung versprechen. Mehr Informationen zur Ausstellung: https://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/nennt-mich-rembrandt

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Maertgen van Bilderbeecq
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert links über der Schulter: Rembrandt fec (?) 1633.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1844

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions



Research and Discussion


Object History
Adriana Burchgraeff (1630-1705), Leiden
möglicherweise Willem Tierens (1649-1726), Leiden/Rotterdam
möglicherweise Agnita Catharina Tierens (geb. 1674), Rotterdam
möglicherweise Regnera le Petit (?), Rotterdam
Johan Gerbrand van Mierop (1733-1807), Rotterdam
Verst. G. A. Schmidt u.a., Rotterdam (Lamme) an Wilhelm Adrian Netscher (1791-1851) für das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 18.-19. September (Nr. 8x).


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