Portrait of Willem van Heitheissen by Frans Hals

Portrait of Willem van Heitheissen by Frans Hals

Before us is a grain trader in Haarlem, a wealthy upstart who traveled half the Europe on his own business, who acquired a splendid house in imitation of noble aristocrats.

He is dressed in the latest fashion, his posture is pompously proud, his gaze on the viewer from above under the half-closed eyelids, the emphasis of one hand in the thigh and the forward sword. Although he is not an officer at all, but a businessman, but at that time there was a war with Spain and every self-respecting man was ready to defend himself with a weapon in his hands. And of course the portrait should be written with a sword, although this is clearly an empty bravado.

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