1641. Oil on canvas. Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace, London, UK. Read Note.
Agatha Bas (1611-58) was a member of one of Amsterdam’s leading families, the daughter of Dirk Jacobszoon Bas, a director of the Dutch East India Company who had served as burgomaster of the city on several occasions. She married Nicholas van Bambeeck (1596-1661), a successful cloth merchant who was an immigrant from Flanders. Rembrandt had probably known Bambeeck for some time before he painted both his portrait and the companion portrait of Agatha. In 1640 both Rembrandt and Bambeeck invested in business of the art-dealer Hendrick van Uylenburgh