Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age

The Ambitions of a Wealthy Widow in a Painted Chamber by Ferdinand Bol

Margriet van Eikema Hommes

Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age

Margriet van Eikema Hommes

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

297 pages | 121 color plates, 89 halftones | 10 x 10 | © 2012
Paper $59.00 ISBN: 9789089643261 Published June 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

In the 1660s, Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt’s most famous students, painted a set of five wall-sized canvases for a wealthy Calvinist widow from Utrecht. His patron chose the themes of each painting, so that each piece reflected her own political and religious convictions. Thus Bol’s work is a powerful tool for both the art and cultural historian, providing insight into the historical milieu of the seventeenth-century Netherlands. Margriet van Eikema Hommes brings this exceptional commission to life using the recent restoration of canvases to perform a “forensic” investigation, and integrating archival research, new scientific techniques for identification, and iconological analysis.


1. A Mysterious Commission
2. Traces at the Paint Surface
      With the collaboration of Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL)
3. Ferdinand Bol and the Commission for the Nieuwegracht
4. The Iconography of the Five Chamber Paintings
5. ’Out of Love for Her House’: The Ambitions of Jacoba Lampsins and the Chamber Paintings by Ferdinand Bol
6. Bol’s Chamber Paintings in Later Times
      Written in collaboration with the painting conservators from SRAL
7. Ferdinand Bol’s Painting Technique
      With the collaboration of Willem de Ridder, Ineke Joosten, Katrien Keune
      and SRAL

Appendix A: Canvases and ground layers of Ferdinand Bol’s Utrecht series
      With the collaboration of Ineke Joosten
Appendix B: Paintings owned by Carel Martens, Jacoba Lampsins, and their son Carel Martens
      With the collaboration of Piet Bakker
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