1654. Oil on canvas. Foudation Six, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Read Note.
Jan Six (1618-1700) was a friend and patron of the artist. He came from a noble Huguenot family, which had fled to Amsterdam from France at the end of the 16th century and accumulated a fortune in the textile trade. Six was involved in the family business until he entered civic politics in Amsterdam, serving as burgomaster of the city in 1691. Loving arts and poetry Six was a member of the so-called Muiderkring (Muiden circle) which gathered around Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, and he published volumes of poetry and plays. He collected works of art – antique sculpture, Dutch and Italian masters, including a number of paintings by Rembrandt. Their relationship was, however, one of friendship rather than simply that of patron and artist. Rembrandt etched the title page for Six’s tragedy Medea and made two drawings for his Album Amicorum in 1652. The portrait is still owned by a direct descendant of the sitter, also Jan Six