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Weenix, Jan Baptist
Portrait of a Man with a Letter Portrait of a Man with a Letter
around 1648-9 around 1648-9

This small portrait is painted on copper, allowing the paint to sit crisply upon the surface. The sitter is simply dressed but wears fine leather gloves and holds a letter, alluding to education and business or personal ties. His face is starkly illuminated, and a low vantage point enhances his air of superiority. This painting was once paired with a portrait of a man now in Chicago. The letter, bearing a mysterious sketch of a fish, may have been intended for him.

 
Weenix, Jan Baptist
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1621-Utrecht, Netherlands 1659 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1621-Utrecht, Netherlands 1659
Portrait of a Man with a Letter Portrait of a Man with a Letter
around 1648-9 around 1648-9
Oil on copper Oil on copper
33.5 x 24.0 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.30

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