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Key, Adriaen Thomasz
Portrait of a Gentleman Portrait of a Gentleman
around 1545 - around 1589 around 1545 - around 1589

The regal air of this portrait derives from the state portrait tradition established by Titian in the sixteenth century. The left arm akimbo and the right hand resting on the table convey his authority, which is reinforced by the sword hilt projecting from his hip. The sober formality of his clothing evokes Spanish fashion of the period. As Key worked in the Spanish-controlled Southern Netherlands, it is likely that this gentleman belonged to the Spanish administration at the Brussels court.

 
Key, Adriaen Thomasz
Antwerp, Belgium c. 1544-Antwerp, Belgium c. 1589 Antwerp, Belgium c. 1544-Antwerp, Belgium c. 1589
Portrait of a Gentleman Portrait of a Gentleman
around 1545 - around 1589 around 1545 - around 1589
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 101.50 x 75.50 cm; 39.96 x 29.72 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1993 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1993
36-001

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