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Jan van Bijlert: 'Portrait of an Elderly Man and Two Women'

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The younger woman is presumably the couple's daughter. She grasps the stem of a rose bush in her left hand while the older woman holds a peach.

Jan Harmensz. Bijlert was born in Utrecht and he travelled to France and Italy. In Rome he was a founding member of the 'Bent', the society of Netherlandish painters. He returned to Utrecht in 1625 and became a prominent figure in the artists' guild there. He painted history scenes, genre subjects and portraits.

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