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Portrait of a Man

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Sébastien Bourdon
French, 1616-1671

About this artwork

This portrait, at once elegant and direct, may be a remnant of a larger painting of the consuls, or civic administrators, of Montpellier, Sébastien Bourdon’s native city in the south of France. Bourdon returned there briefly in the midst of a career that included early years in Rome, successful activity in Paris, and a short stint at the Stockholm court of Queen Christina of Sweden from 1652 to 1653. The large, isolated swath of fabric on the left and the absence of the sitter’s left hand suggest that it was cut from Bourdon’s group portrait.


On View, Gallery 209


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Sébastien Bourdon


Portrait of a Man


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


104.2 × 88.1 cm (41 1/16 × 34 11/16 in.)

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Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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