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Portrait of a Man

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1575

Artist:

Flemish

About this artwork

A mottled background, pitch-black costume, and bright ruff all serve to highlight the enigmatic visage of this unidentified man. Though his arresting gaze invites the viewer in, his face is also turned away and cast partially in shadow, as if he seeks to keep his distance from the individual on the other side of the picture plane. Other versions of this composition exist, suggesting that the man’s mysterious character and distinctive appearance captivated many artists and patrons of his time.

Status

On View, Gallery 208

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Title

Portrait of a Man

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1570–1580

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

46.8 × 33.9 cm (18 7/16 × 13 3/8 in.); Framed: 61 × 48.6 × 5.1 cm (24 × 19 1/8 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel P. Avery Fund

Reference Number

1951.224

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