A New Attribution to Jan van Scorel

The Portrait of Joost Aemsz van der Burch and the Artist’s Portrayals of ‘Great Lords of the Netherlands’


  • Molly Faries
  • Matthias Ubl




This article posits a new attribution to Jan van Scorel of the imposing, frontal portrait of Joost Aemsz van der Burch (c. 1490-1570), Antwerp, The Phoebus Foundation, especially as compared with Scorel’s portrayal of Reinoud III van Brederode (1492-1556), Lord of Vianen, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum. Other portraits by Jan van Scorel that are related in terms of patronage are also discussed, including Portrait of Janus Secundus (1511-1536), The Hague, Haags Historisch Museum; Portrait of a Man in a private collection in England; Portrait of Jean II de Carondelet (1469-1545), Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique; Portrait of Joris van Egmond (1504-1559), Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum; and Portrait of a Man, Antwerp, The Phoebus Foundation. These provide insights into Scorel’s development of portraiture on a
more monumental scale, his distinction as a portraitist from his contemporary, Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, and his clientele at courts in Breda, Mechelen and Brussels.


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Author Biographies

Molly Faries

Molly Faries is professor emerita at Indiana University in Bloomington and at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she held a chair in technical studies in art history from 1998 to 2005. She took her PhD at Bryn Mawr College, 1972, with a dissertation on Jan van Scorel. She directed two long-term infrared reflectography research projects: an NEH Basic Research Grant (1984-87) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant for Art-Historical Study Using Infrared Reflectography (1990-97), and co directed, with Maximiliaan Martens, the project ‘Painting in Antwerp Before Iconoclasm, a Socio-Economic Approach’ (2000-04), funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She has published frequently on Jan van Scorel (see her CV available online) and co-edited with Liesbeth Helmus the Catalogue of Paintings 1363-1600, Centraal Museum Utrecht (2011).

Matthias Ubl

Matthias Ubl has been working as curator of early Netherlandish painting at the Rijksmuseum since October 2009. He is also responsible for the early German paintings and the collection of stained-glass panels. He studied art history in Heidelberg and London, and was awarded his PhD for a study of the Brunswick Monogrammist at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg im Breisgau.




How to Cite

Faries, Molly, and Matthias Ubl. 2017. “A New Attribution to Jan Van Scorel: The Portrait of Joost Aemsz Van Der Burch and the Artist’s Portrayals of ‘Great Lords of the Netherlands’”. The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 65 (4):354-71. https://doi.org/10.52476/trb.9768.