Sunday, August 23, 2009

Paulus Bor - The Magdalen

Magdalene, painted by Paulus Bor (Amersfoort, circa 1601 - Amersfoort, 1669) in 1630-1639. The model was his wife Aleijda van Crachtwijck. She is shown holding a bottle of oil to anoint Christ's feet. Notice the resemblance with Vermeers Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted 30 years later on.

In 1632 Paulus married Aleijda. Their combined assets in property and documents at the time of their marriage amounted to 10,000 guilders, which gives us some idea of the extent of their wealth. The couple had several children.

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