The Man Who Posed as Richelieu
The title of Robert Henri's portrait of an unnamed Paris model underscores the artifice of posing by referring to two separate personalities: the historical persona of the ruthless French cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu (1585-1642) and that of the anonymous sitter, whose identity remains a mystery.
- Artist: Robert Henri, American, 1865-1929
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1898
- Dimensions: 31 15/16 x 25 11/16 in. (81.2 x 65.3 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: Inscribed verso, upper right corner, in black paint: "88A/2; on top stretcher bar: "RICHELIEU"; inscribed in pencil, top stretcher bar: "The Man Who Posed as Richelieu"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 63.46
- Credit Line: Gift of Roy R. Neuberger and Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929). The Man Who Posed as Richelieu, 1898. Oil on canvas, 31 15/16 x 25 11/16 in. (81.2 x 65.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger and Museum Collection Fund, 63.46
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)