Portrait of Jacob van Reygersbergh, Rombout Verhulst, 1671
The status of terracotta statuary is not always clear. At times it can be a preparatory sketch, and at others a detailed study for a stone sculpture. Yet it can also be a fully-fledged final product, less expensive than a statue carved in stone. This sensitive portrait of the Zeeland regent Jacob van Reygersbergh was both a model for a marble bust and an independent work of art.