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Bol, Ferdinand
A Man in a Fancy Robe and Tall Cap Strung with Pearls
Around 1643

As a student in Rembrandt’s workshop in the late 1630s, Ferdinand Bol learned the art of modelling form with thin glazes over thick impasto, building up sculptural layers of paint to capture the texture of fabrics and jewels. While this painting might look like a portrait, it depicts a model hired to act the part. Fantastically dressed ?gures like this one contributed to a vogue for imaginary portraits of historical ?gures and colourful character types.

 
Bol, Ferdinand
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1616–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1680
A Man in a Fancy Robe and Tall Cap Strung with Pearls
Around 1643
Oil on canvas
87.0 x 78.1 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2014
57-004

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