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This painting shows Jan Govertsz. van der Aar (1544/1545–1612), a merchant from Leyden. He is seated at the table, holding a shell, and is surrounded by personifications of the Arts and Sciences. The picture serves to illustrate the sitter's role as a patron, his taste and learning.
oil on canvas
H 175.5 x W 236.5 cm
gift from Matilda Theresa Talbot (formerly Gilchrist-Clark), 1948