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Portrait of a Gentleman, Aged 35

17th Century
41 3/8 x 29 1/8 in. (105.1 x 74 cm)

Formerly Attributed to Thomas de Keyser, Dutch, (1596(7)–1667)
Currently Attributed to Matthijs Harings, Dutch, (c. 1593–c. 1667)

Object Type: PAINTINGS
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Accession Number: 73-P-110
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Pendant portraits like this one of a married couple were very popular at the time. In their original setting, the portraits would have faced one another, perhaps on either side of a fireplace or chimneypiece. Usually, the woman’s portrait would hang at right, the man’s at left. From the sitter’s perspective, this placed the woman on the man’s left-hand, or lesser side, according to theological and social formulas, which prized the right-hand position. This idea followed 17th-century attitudes toward marriage as a relationship based on love, but guided by the man.

These paintings were formerly attributed to Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, 1596-1667), and were at one time in the collection of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
Current Location: Art Museum : 17 C Gallery


- Ann Jensen Adams, “The paintings of Thomas de Keyser (1596/7-1667): a study of portraiture in seventeenth-century Amsterdam” (PhD thesis, Harvard University, 1985), included the pendants as “rejected paintings,” catalog pp. 241-242, nos. R.18 and R. 19.

- The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseur
s 47, no. 271 (Oct. 1925), front matter p. XI (ill.), as by Thomas de Keyser.

- Cornelis Hofstede de Groot files at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD): Gentleman: nos. 1691543, 1691343, and 1691516; Lady: nos. 1691706, 1691591, and 1691707. Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), image nos. 51156 and 51157, as by Matthijs Harings (Leeuwarden 1592/94 – Leeuwarden 1666/68) by W. L. van de Watering (1974).

- Caroline P. Wistar, La Salle College Art Museum, Guide to the Collection (Philadelphia: La Salle College Art Museum, 1984), p. 29 (ill.), as by Thomas de Keyser.

- ———, La Salle University Art Museum, Guide to the Collection (Philadelphia: La Salle University Art Museum, 2002), p. 33 (color ills.), as by Thomas de Keyser.

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