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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.


c. 1575



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.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Portrait of a Man


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


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

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