Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger 1561/2-1636

A Boy aged Two

Details

Artist

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger 1561/2-1636

Title

A Boy aged Two

Date

1608

Medium

Oil on wood panel

Dimensions

h x w: 1143 x 857 mm

Reference

CVCSC:0251.B

Collection

British Portraits

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The child in this portrait wears a bodice andskirt over a farthingale frame. This was the fashion for dressing boys until they were ‘breeched’ (dressed in breeches or trousers) at the age of five or six. In his left hand he holds a bunch of flowers and a string attached to a robin. The flowers are pansies and signified innocence and transience, whilst birds are thought to symbolise the human soul flying away at the moment of death.

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger A Boy aged Two 1608 © Compton Verney

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