{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 1335, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/1335", "Disp_Access_No" : "70-G-296", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "c. 1634", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1629", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1639", "Disp_Title" : "Laughing Man in a Gorget", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Jan Georg van Vliet", "Sort_Artist" : "Vliet, Jan Georg van", "Disp_Dimen" : "8 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (22.5 x 19.1 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "8 7/8 in.", "Disp_Width" : "7 1/2 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Image", "Medium" : "Etching", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Etching", "Info_Page_Comm" : "<SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-size:10pt">Label for "Printmakers of the Baroque: 17th-Century Explorations of Space and Light", La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2013 – February 28th, 2014:<BR/><BR/>The man wears a gorget, a metal breastplate with a col­lar that functions as armor. Van Vliet’s portrayal is much like that of the laughing cavalier, or a mounted soldier of a high rank. The cavalier was popular subject in the 17th century. At the time, there was concern about re­turning or off-duty soldiers in civil society. In paintings and prints of the day, the soldier is shown as possessing a devil-may-care attitude. He drinks too much, smokes too much, loses at card games, cheats at card games, se­duces local girls, and visits brothels Van Vliet’s soldier, caught in a spontaneous mid-laugh, conveys something of this attitude. The manic expression might also elicit some anxiety from the 17th-century viewer. The myste­rious shadow serves to deepen that anxiety. <BR/><BR/>The print is one of a series of “tronies” popular in the Baroque period. Van Vliet used a now-lost painted self-portrait of Rembrandt in costume as a model for the head. After this figure was paired with another of Van Vliet’s heads, that of a grieving man, the two earned the title of the Laughing Democritus and the Weeping Her­aclitus, two ancient Greek philosophers.<BR/><BR/>Kelly Sheehan, '15</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Goudy Oldstyle Std';font-size:10pt"><BR/><BR/></SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-family:'Goudy Oldstyle Std'"><BR/></SPAN></SPAN>", "Dedication" : "", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "PRINTS", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/70-G-296.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/70-G-296.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/70-G-296.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/70-G-296.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "842", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }