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Unknown Artist (English School)
Portrait of a Man
Around 1590

This painting illustrates the schematic power of Elizabethan portraiture. Rigid and expressionless, the sitter acts as a two-dimensional counterpart of tomb effigies. In the second half of the sixteenth century, English portraits commonly showed a stiff figure turned three-quarters to the left or right. Such representations were firmly rooted in the traditions of medieval craftsmanship. They were relatively unrefined; and the artists and sitters involved have remained almost entirely anonymous to modern scholarship.

 
Unknown Artist (English School)
Portrait of a Man
Around 1590
oil on oak panel
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Gift of Gerald and Helen Finley, 2015
58-018.07

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