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Bray, Salomon de
Head of an Old Man Head of an Old Man
Around 1635 Around 1635

In this small monogrammed panel, the artist has depicted the head of an elderly gentleman gazing anxiously upward. The figure does not represent a sitter or a particular person, but belongs to the general category of character heads that first emerged in Leiden, in the work of Jan Lievens and Rembrandt, and quickly acquired the name of tronie. The genre developed from head studies for figures in history paintings, and this particular picture shows close links to several biblical scenes by De Bray.

 
Bray, Salomon de
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1597–Haarlem, Netherlands 1664 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1597–Haarlem, Netherlands 1664
Head of an Old Man Head of an Old Man
Around 1635 Around 1635
Oil on panel Oil on panel
17.25 cm (diam.)
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.04

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