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Gonzales Coques (Antwerp 1614 - Antwerp 1684)

The Family of Jan-Baptista Anthoine Signed and dated 1664

Oil on copper | 56.5 x 73.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405339

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This is a family portrait which grants precedence to the wife, who sits enthroned on her husband’s right hand, surrounded by her children. Coques learned something crucial from Rubens and van Dyck – how to paint the glow of health. The children here have an engaging, spirited and graceful energy, which provides an animated counterpart to the fine things – the silk, the lace and the marble.