Portrait of an Oriental
Portrait of an Oriental, ca. 1665
Oil on canvas mounted on wood
51 3/4 × 39 15/16 in. (131.45 × 101.44 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland Cron M1972.51
Photo credit: John Nienhuis, Dedra Walls
Ferdinand Bol was a pupil, close associate, and friend of Rembrandt van Rijn. Bol worked in Rembrandt's studio between 1633 and 1640, and his work closely reflects the style of his teacher. This portrait of a man in oriental costume is characteristic of Bol's mature painting. To enhance the impact of the portrait, Bol has adopted Rembrandt's somber manner, devoting special attention to the face bathed in light. Against the dark background of the picture, the face and glistening details of the brocade and gold chain are luminescent, imparting a psychological element to the composition.
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