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Portrait of a Man  1660

by Frans Hals

Directing a sombre, perhaps somewhat melancholy gaze out at us, this man looks at us with a physical and mental immediacy that bridges the 350 years separating his space from ours. The artist did not aim for idealisation. The asymmetrical features and jaundiced skin tones are depicted exactly as they are. The hands are gathered around a pair of gloves, closing the man off ...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark