Bearded Man with a Velvet Cap

Govert Flinck Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964

Flinck studied as a pupil in Rembrandt’s studio and, according to one early biographer, had so internalized his teacher’s method within a year that Flinck’s paintings were sold as the master’s own. This tronie, or study of an interesting face, reveals Flinck’s debt to Rembrandt in its use of exotic costume and attentiveness to the sitter’s craggy physiognomy. However, by the time he made this work, Flinck had distinguished himself by developing a much smoother manner of painting, one that would serve him well as a society portraitist.

Bearded Man with a Velvet Cap, Govert Flinck (Dutch, Cleve 1615–1660 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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