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Portrait of a Man Holding a Scroll

1680
17th century
43.1 cm x 34.3 cm (16 15/16 in. x 13 1/2 in.)

Godfried Schalcken (Made, near Breda, The Netherlands, 1643 - 1706, The Hague, The Netherlands) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Europe, Dutch
Medium and Support: Oil on copper
Credit Line: Gift of the Wunsch Foundation, Inc., 1991
            
               Accession Number:                1991.162             
            
Object Description: After training in Leiden with Gerrit Dou, Schalcken established himself as one of the most popular portrait painters in Dordrecht. He was renowned for his lighting effects, evident here in the soft golden light falling over the marble sculpture of Athena in the right background, which is divided by a dark, heavy curtain. To the left a brilliant red sun is setting. The light cast on the subject, however, comes from the front, causing the man’s scroll and collar to glow in stark contrast to his black coat.

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