Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman

FLEMISH SCHOOL (17th Century )

Portrait of a Gentleman

1600 to 1650 Belgium

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In this early portrait the sitter has been depicted to celebrate and emphasise their importance. The sumptuous black fabrics, a colour that was most expensive to produce at the time, and the white Reticella lace collar and matching wrist ruffs were only afforded by the upper echolons of society. The gentleman is steadying a rapier in his left arm whilst his other arm rests on a table with a high brimmed hat. To add an element of drama and interest the artist has included a drapped curtain which has been pulled back to give an effect of ‘revealing’ the sitter whilst the upper left contains an identifying coat of arms.

The ‘propaganda’ portrait was popular at the time when status was immensely important. An interesting, very early and good quality portrait.
Dimensions
External Height 104.00 cm (40.94 inches)
External Width 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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