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Oost, Jacob van, the elder
Portrait of Jacob van Oost the Younger (1639–1713) in a Gorget and a Fur Hat
around 1655

While the sitter in this painting has been identified as the son of the artist, his metal gorget and Eastern European fur-trimmed hat place him in the category of tronie pioneered by Rembrandt and Lievens. Artists sometimes used family members as models for their character studies, and Jacob the Younger’s adolescent face offers a fascinating opportunity to explore the human visage poised between child- and adulthood.

 
Oost, Jacob van, the elder
Bruges, Belgium around 1601–Bruges, Belgium 1671
Portrait of Jacob van Oost the Younger (1639–1713) in a Gorget and a Fur Hat
around 1655
Oil on canvas
57.5 x 48.5 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.34

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