Man Holding a Jug

Michiel Sweerts Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 637

This painting is not a portrait of an identifiable sitter, but rather a character study of a man Sweerts recruited as a professional model. Clutching a tankard and glass, with a pipe and loose tobacco before him, the man embodies the pleasures of the senses. At the same time, his thoughtful and individual expression makes him transcend any mere type or moralizing lesson.

Man Holding a Jug, Michiel Sweerts (Flemish, Brussels 1618–1664 Goa), Oil on canvas

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