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Koninck, Salomon
An Old Man Wearing a Beret
around 1648-1649

This wizened man adopts the familiar pose of contemplation with his left hand at his chin, and his distant gaze suggests that he is lost in thought. His fur-lined gown associates him with the visual tradition of the scholar; the lack of related attributes, such as books and globes, concentrates attention upon the activity of thought. Koninck specialized in depictions of scholars, a theme taken up by other artists in Rembrandt’s circles in Leiden and Amsterdam.

 
Koninck, Salomon
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1609–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1656
An Old Man Wearing a Beret
around 1648-1649
Oil on canvas
52.1 x 41.9 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.22

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