Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer

Peter Paul Rubens Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 540

This sensitive portrait on copper is one of Rubens’s earliest known works. The square and dividers may refer to architecture or geography, while the watch is a reminder of mortality.

Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp), Oil on copper

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