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Nicolaes Maes: 'Portrait of Jan de Reus'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

Jan de Reus (about 1600 - 1685) was a Rotterdam silk merchant. He was burgomaster of Rotterdam eight times, and a director of the Dutch East India Company from 1658. The identification of the sitter is made by comparison with a copy of the portrait by Pieter van der Werff (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum; on loan to Rotterdam, Historisch Museum). This painting is one of a series of portraits of directors of the Dutch East India Company (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

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