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Portrait of a Man

Frans Hals

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
Although the coat of arms in the upper left corner offers a clue to this sitter's lineage, his identity remains unknown. Extending his left hand through the simulated oval frame and into the viewer's space, the elegantly attired young man displays a painted miniature of a young woman, perhaps his betrothed or his wife. Before the advent of photography in the nineteenth century, portrait miniatures—both portable and intimate—permitted their owners an immediate access to the memory and appearance of loved ones. The fact that this young man's identity is forgotten seems particularly ironic, since both the miniature and the larger portrait were intended as remembrances.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Netherlands
  • DATES ca. 1614-1615
    DIMENSIONS 29 x 21 3/4 in. (73.7 x 55.2 cm) Frame: 39 x 32 x 4 1/2 in. (99.1 x 81.3 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Frans Hals (Dutch, ca. 1580-1666). Portrait of a Man, ca. 1614-1615. Oil on canvas, 29 x 21 3/4 in. (73.7 x 55.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.821
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