Group Portrait of the Regentesses of the St. Elisabeths (1641). Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck (Dutch, c.1603-1662). Oil on canvas. Frans Hals Museum.
Like Hals, Verspronck was a particularly sensitive portraitist of women. He was never commissioned to paint a regent group portrait but he was hired to execute two of regentesses. They are his most imposing paintings. The first group, dated 1641, depicts the Regentesses of the St Elizabeth Hospital, one of whom reads from a book.