This is a companion to ‘Portrait of a Burgomaster's Wife’. The two portraits are by the same hand, have the same background, identical iconography and are mirror images in composition. Of special interest is the way in which the iconography contrasts the roles of man and wife: the Burgomaster rests his left hand on the pommel of his sword, letting us know that he is fulfilling his duty as husband and protector. The Burgomaster's wife, on the other hand, holds a key in her right hand, showing us that the management of the household and its domestic affairs are her responsibility.
Where to see this painting?
Hall i' th' Wood Museum
Off Crompton Way, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, BL1 8UA
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.