The Well-stocked Kitchen, with…

Joachim Bueckelaer, 1566, painting, SK-A-1451

It is not the profusion of vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry and kitchenware displayed here by these housemaids that forms the main theme of this painting. It is Jesus visiting Mary and Martha, shown almost as an aside in the distance. The contrast between foreground and background contains the moral…

Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco…

Piero di Cosimo, 1482 - 1485, painting, SK-C-1368

This diptych shows a leading Florentine architect, Giuliano da Sangallo with his late father Francesco, also an architect and a musician. These are early examples of portraits in which the subject’s profession plays a key role. Here a pen and dividers suggest architecture, a melody in note form…

The Seven Works of Mercy

Master of Alkmaar, 1504, painting, SK-A-2815

A town in Holland is the setting for a narrative strip showing how a good Christian should help the needy. In almost all the scenes, Christ appears among the onlookers. The scenes give a sense of town life around 1500. This is one of the many art works severely damaged when Protestants cleansed…

Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk…

Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1649, painting, SK-C-217

Once a Catholic church, St Odulphus’s passed into Protestant hands at the start of the Dutch Revolt against Spain. The artist shows a service taking place. Worshippers are listening to the preacher on the right in the pulpit. Sermons are the main feature of a Protestant service. Saenredam came…

Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker

Bartholomeus van der Helst, c. 1642, painting, SK-A-147

Bartholomeus van der Helst portrayed both Bickers, father and son. The difference between the two generations is striking. The father is dressed in sober black, wearing an old-fashioned millstone ruff. His son Gerard - here about twenty - appears in a colourful, flamboyant costume, with a flat…

The Raree-show (’t Fraay Curieus)

Willem van Mieris, 1718, painting, SK-A-4941

Saul and the Witch of Endor

Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, 1526, painting, SK-A-668

The Crucifixion

Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, c. 1507 - c. 1510, painting, SK-A-1967

Four Cows in a Meadow

Paulus Potter, 1651, painting, SK-C-206

Still Life with Flowers

Balthasar van der Ast, c. 1625 - c. 1630, painting, SK-A-2103