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The Lawyer’s Office

The Lawyer’s Office 1545

Marinus van Reymerswale

Room D

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hotspot Van Reymerswale is an expert in painting wrinkles and creases.
hotspot These documents are not painted but written with a pen.
hotspot These documents are not painted but written with a pen.
hotspot Even the clerk’s nails reflect the light.
hotspot These texts are about a real legal action that bailiff Cornelis van der Mare took against a certain Frans Antonisz. Both gentlemen are contemporaries of the artist in the town of Reimerswaal in Zeeland. The older version of the painting in Munich makes use of fictitious names.

About the creator

Marinus van Reymerswale

Reimerswaal ca. 1490/95 – Goes ca. 1546/56

Marinus van Reymerswale worked in his town of birth Reimerswaal, until the floods urged many citizens to move. He specialized in portraying tax collectors, merchants and money-grabbing lawyers. He followed Quentin Matsys in style, technique and love of minute detail.


Object details

material and technique: Oil on panel
dimensions: 40,35 x 48,62 inch
creditline: The New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans