Portrait of a Couple, Probably Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laen  1622

by Frans Hals

This happy, smiling pair sits comfortably close to each other. Posing a couple together in this way was highly unusual at the time. It may have been prompted by the sitters’ friendship with the painter and the occasion for the commission – their marriage in April 1622. The painting thus contains references to love and devotion, such as the garden of love at right, and at l...
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum