Portrait of a Bearded Man with a Ruff

Frans Hals Dutch

Not on view

As the original inscription indicates, the sitter was thirty-six when portrayed by Hals. The portrait's immediacy is enhanced by vivid brushwork, strong modeling, and a glance and heartfelt gesture which respond to the viewer. The oval framing device was adapted from Dutch portrait engravings but is more illusionistic than in almost any print.

Portrait of a Bearded Man with a Ruff, Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), Oil on canvas

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