Frans Hals (1582/83–1666)
Portrait of Jacob Olycan (1596–1638), 1625
Oil on canvas
49 1/8 x 38 3/8 in. (124.8 x 97.5 cm)
Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague
Transferred to the Mauritshuis in 1881
Inv. no 459
Frans Hals, one of the period’s chief portraitists, painted the twenty-nine-year-old brewer and burgomaster (mayor) shown here and his nineteen-year-old wife, Aletta, to commemorate their marriage of the previous year. They are depicted in mirroring poses — inclined toward each other, with one arm bent and the other hanging down — a portraiture convention in use since the sixteenth century.