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Leveck, Jacobus
Portrait of a Man in a Hat
around 1654

This unidentified man wears the fashionable tall hat and simple tasseled collar of the 1650s. The idea of a “speaking likeness”, a common trope during this period, is suggested by the parted lips. Leveck heightened the sense of a conversation between portrait and viewer by placing the sitter close to the picture plane and rendering him in half-length. The application of paint in thick strokes references the manner of Rembrandt, with whom Leveck trained in 1653.

 
Leveck, Jacobus
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1634–Dordrecht, Netherlands 1675
Portrait of a Man in a Hat
around 1654
Oil on panel
53.3 x 38.1 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.23

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