Sight (Portrait of Robert van den Hoecke)
This painting is part of the group: The Five Senses

Robert van den Hoeke (1622 - 1668), was a painter and engraver who worked in Antwerp and in Brussels. He became 'Contrôleur des fortifications' in Flanders and the plan, baldric (belt hung over the shoulder) and sword presumably refer to this office. The identification of the sitter is dependent upon the inscription on an engraving of the portrait by Cauckercken, which appeared in a book published in 1661.

The artist represents Sight, one of a series of the 'Five Senses', by Coques, in the Collection; 'Hearing', 'Touch', 'Smell', the fifth, 'Taste', is probably a copy. The series was painted before 1661 when 'Sight' was engraved. The costumes suggest a date of about 1655-60.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1614/18 - 1684
Full title
Sight (Portrait of Robert van den Hoecke)
Group
Date made
before 1661
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
25.2 x 19.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1114
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Five Senses

Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Hearing'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Touch'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Smell (Portrait of Lucas Fayd'herbe)'
Painting
After Gonzales Coques
after 1661
After Gonzales Coques: 'Taste'