Portrait of a Gentleman, Aged 35
41 3/8 x 29 1/8 in. (105.1 x 74 cm)
Formerly Attributed to
Thomas de Keyser,
Currently Attributed to
(c. 1593–c. 1667)
Medium and Support:
Oil on panel
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.
Art Museum : 17 C Gallery