Portrait of a Young Boy

Attributed to Sébastien Bourdon French

Not on view

This painting was thought to be by Jan Vermeer (1632–1675) in the early twentieth century, when it passed from the great art dealer Joseph Duveen (1869–1939) to one of The Met’s most important donors, Jules S. Bache (1861–1944). It recalls the many head studies of anonymous young models by Flemish painter Michiel Sweerts (1618–1664), but most scholars today associate the painting with Bourdon, a French painter who studied in Rome.

Portrait of a Young Boy, Attributed to Sébastien Bourdon (French, Montpellier 1616–1671 Paris), Oil on canvas

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