Family Group in an Interior

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Family Group in an Interior


Attributed to Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam (Dutch, after 1622 - about 1669)




about 1658 - 1660


Oil on canvas


59.7 x 73.3 cm (23 1/2 x 28 7/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Just finishing a Sunday meal, the members of this well-to-do family may be getting ready to return to church. The mother hands a prayer book to the younger of the boys, and the little girl holds her freshly starched cap and fan. Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam appears to have combined a family portrait and a genre scene with a moralizing message.

Van Brekelenkam emphasized the moral message by placing the large, framed landscape in the background. As the family displays domestic virtues, the painting within the painting shows a couple gazing at a ship at sea under a dark sky illuminated by a shaft of light. The painting within their home serves as a reminder to the family to look to the light as they continue on life's uncertain voyage.

by 1906 - 1911

Adolphe Schloss, 1842 - 1910 (Paris, France), by inheritance to his wife, Lucie Schloss, 1911.

1911 - 1939

Lucie (Haas) Schloss, 1858 - 1938 (Paris, France), by inheritance to her children, Lucien Schloss, Henri Schloss, Raymond Schloss, and Mrs. Prosper-Émile (Schloss) Weil, 1939.

1939 - 1943

Lucien Schloss, 1881 - 1962 (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Henri Schloss, 1882 - 1964 (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Raymond Schloss (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Juliette (Schloss) Weil, born 1885 (Chambon, France), looted by the Vichy Government of France, 1943.


In the possession of the Vichy Government of France (Chambon, France; Paris, France), sequestered by the French State Museums at the Musée du Louvre, 1943.

1943 - 1945

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France), restituted to the Adolphe Schloss Family, 1945.

1945 - 1951

Schloss Family (Paris, France) [sold, Schloss sale, Rheims, Baudoin, Paris, December 3, 1951, lot 36, to Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc.]


Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1951.

1951 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Tricentenaire de Rembrandt (1906) (Cat. 5; [as Brekelenkam])
  • Unknown, 1906
Loan Exhibition of Dutch Paintings G.[sic] Paul Getty Collection (1952) (Cat. 5; [as Brekelenkam])
  • Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, (Los Angeles), 1952
Dutch Intimacy and Opulence: The Art of Home and Private Life, 1640-1700 (September 26, 2001 to May 26, 2002) (Cat. 82)
  • The Newark Museum, (Newark), September 26, 2001 to January 20, 2002
  • Denver Art Museum, (Denver), March 2 to May 26, 2002
Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (September 17, 2009 to January 24, 2010) (Cat. 109)
  • The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, (Annandale-on-Hudson), September 17, 2009 to January 24, 2010

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