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Portraits of a Couple, possibly Pieter Gerritsz Bicker and Anna Codde  1529

by Maarten van Heemskerck

A man is working on his accounts, while a woman is seated at a spinning wheel. This pair of portraits was probably painted for the couple’s engagement or wedding. He is portrayed as a prudent merchant, she as a diligent housewife. These are two of the earliest portraits of Dutch citizens.
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum