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Portrait of Geertruyt Spiegel with a Finch
Dirck Santvoort

The girl has recently been identified as Geertruyt Spiegel, who was born in Amsterdam in October 1635, the daughter of Elbert Dircksz. Spiegel and Petronella Roeters. The couple had five daughters and commissioned portraits of them in the guise of the five senses from Santvoort. Gertruyt is shown with a finch on her hand as a representation of the sense of Touch.

The portraits of the other four daughters are in museums in Cleveland and Rodez and in private collections.

The date has been damaged but the last digit can be read in infra-red photographs and is almost certainly a 9.

Key facts
Artist Dirck Santvoort
Artist dates 1610/11 - 1680
Full title Portrait of Geertruyt Spiegel with a Finch
Date made 1639
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 62.7 x 50 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Presented by Tilson Lee, 1916
Inventory number NG3154
Location in Gallery Not on display
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