Portrait of a Man

Hyacinthe Rigaud French

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This portrait comes from the last years that Rigaud accepted commissions from sitters of relatively modest social standing. He would soon paint almost exclusively for the court, including two of the most iconic portraits depicting Louis XIV. This distinguished man’s identity remains unknown, but the size and format were a way to purchase a work that included the features for which Rigaud was celebrated—the soft lighting, undulating curls, and shifting surface of shot silk—at a lesser cost.

Portrait of a Man, Hyacinthe Rigaud (French, Perpignan 1659–1743 Paris), Oil on canvas

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