About Paulus Hennekyn
Antwerp 1612 – 1672 Amsterdam
Portrait painter. He seems occasionally to have painted still lifes.
It is not known whom he studied painting with. He was a close friend and follower of the important Amsterdam portrait painter Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613 – 1670), who in his turn had been a pupil of Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy (1588 – 1650). Another close Amsterdam follower of Bartholomeus van der Helst was Abraham van den Tempel (1622/23 – 1672).
Paulus’s father was François Hennekin, a silversmith from Antwerp who moved to Amsterdam 5 months after the birth of Paulus in 1612. Our painter married twice, his son, David, was his pupil.
Hennekyn seems to have been active all his life in Amsterdam, except for a short stay in Alkmaar in 1649. The choice as a portrait painter for the metropolis of Holland seems to have been an obvious one: lots of potential clients on one hand, but also a fair number of competitors.
About our portrait
This is a typical portrait by Hennekeyn in his usual strong style.
It can be compared to the pair of portraits from the Rijksmuseum and to the pair sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1978.
It dates from 1636, which makes it an early painting by our painter.
The portrayed man was aged 44.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it is a typical Dutch, no nonsense portrait of the second quarter of the 17th century: a confident Protestant man, soberly dressed, ready to take on any challenge.