North Netherlandish School: Portrait of two twins, probably from the Watervliet family of Flanders (17th century)


A work from an unknown painter. Th identity of the two children are not known but the arms on the left and right corner have been identified: the arms on the left are of the Albout family and the Watervliet family of Flanders, the arms on the right are those of the  Corswarem family of Limbourg and Leige and the Watervliet family of Flanders. The cherries which the right child is holding were seen as a 'the fruit of paradise', a reward for a virtuous life and a symbol for fertility (the children are the 'fruits of marriage'). Painting from early 17th century.