Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, Dutch, 1594–1650
and Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch, 1620–1691
Portrait of a Family in a Landscape, 1641
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nash, Paris
A Dutch family displays its material success and its middle-class values – portraits of this kind were a statement of character and social position. They also contained symbolism: the hunting motifs were a coded warning of the dangers the great outdoors held for young girls.