Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century
Head of Character Flemish School 17th century

Head of Character Flemish School 17th century

c. 1630 to c. 1640 Belgium

Offered by Riccardo Moneghini

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Painting oil on paper on a panel depicting a strong and characterized head of an old man with dimensions of 36 x 28 cm without frame and 68 x 60 with a contemporary frame of the Flemish school of the mid-1600s.

In this depiction of this portrayed character, to Rubens, for the particularity and depth of the face, quickly dashed with a marked formal synthesis and with a square facial appearance, illuminated by an artificial light source that directly affects the protagonist, you can see a revisitation of a seventeenth-century figurative culture with an aesthetic and interpretative angle really important and noticeably of taste. Furthermore, painting in such a shortened way, apparently almost hasty, but instead subtended by a pressing rhythm, is accentuated by a more thoughtful interpretative commitment. Focusing then on the really peculiar types both formal and physiognomic, combined with the analysis of the contrasted chromatic fabric crossed by brightly lit flashes.

The composition is very versatile and intelligently calibrated in the colors especially in those continuous contrasts between the very clear and dark parts, where the extraordinary versatility of the artist is evident thanks to a classic education due to the study of the great masters through the copy of plaster models and prints, both thanks to a passion for invention, for jet painting so strong, powerful and daring.

Here represented one of the subjects most dear to the Flemish iconography of the time, namely the representation of half figures studied and analyzed with raw realism; here we also see the predilection of our artist for a more polished pictorial body, more softly shaped and more vibrant.

The compositional scheme of this work faithfully reflects the precepts of the era with an almost frontal layout of the figure and with the light conceived in the narrow Caravaggesque tradition, with a light source coming from the left, which brings out the noble head against a dark background , faded to the right in a lighter aura; here we can easily notice the inclination and the desire of the artist to capture in the portrait the character of the character and the attention to an emotional and sentimental rendering of the image through a painting, which exudes a profound humanity and a great moral force, without never come to a decorative formalism, endowed with both great naturalism and realism and a strong religious spirit and an intimate and sorrowful participation for a humanity marked by age and suffering.

The painting is in a good state of readability and depicts the study of a virile face: a so-called head of character, a sort of portrait with horsehair and beard, usually made against a dark backdrop to make the contrasts of light more effective and bring out the full-bodied material consistency of the pictorial mix better. With greater precision we can affirm that in this table the portrait character who wears a slightly sketched dress is painted with rich pictorial dough spread out with energetic brushstrokes and warm and luminous hues: these are the typical characteristics of the Flemish artistic environment.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old Master Paintings Expert - Art Historian
great state of conservation
Genova, private collection
Height 36.00 cm (14.17 inches)
Width 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
External Height 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
External Width 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Stock Code
oil on panel
Riccardo Moneghini

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