Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa en Beatrix van der Laen
oil on canvas, 1622
An informal portrait of an extremely rich merchant, Isaac Massa, and a pretty burgomaster's daughter, Beatrix van der Laen. They commissioned their fellow townsman, Frans Hals, to portray them on the occasion of their marriage. Beatrix proudly displays the rings on her right forefinger: the bottom one is an engagement ring and the top one her wedding ring. Isaac holds his right hand over his heart - a sign of love and fidelity. The peacocks in the background are another symbol of love.