Portrait of a Goldsmith

Portrait of a Goldsmith, Probably Bartholomeus Jansz van Assendelft, Werner van den Valckert, 1617, Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

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License of this image: CC-BY-SA
License of original image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Public Domain

By: Werner van den Valckert (1585-after 1635)
Created: 1617, Collection: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rights: Public Domain

Beards are the fashion at the moment, which makes it easier to recreate many old paintings. For this one you basically only need to wear black cloths and a white collar, which you can make out of paper or a white shawl.

The man leans out of a window. In his right hand he holds up a gold ring set with a stone. His left hand rests on a touchstone, an instrument for assessing the purity of gold and silver objects.

The sitter might be the goldsmith Bartholomeus Jansz van Assendelft. In 1617, the year the portrait was painted, he was appointed assay-master of the Leiden goldsmiths’ guild, which would explain the inclusion of the touchstone.