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Dijck, Abraham van
Profile of a Boy Profile of a Boy
Around 1655 Around 1655

A young boy with long hair is shown in profile, his face brought into relief by a strong light coming from the upper left. He wears a fantasy costume—a heavy red cloak with rich decoration at the shoulder—suggesting a role in a history painting and marking this work as a tronie, or anonymous character head. In this painting, like in many other works, Van Dijck displays a soft handling of flesh and striking treatment of hair, with distinct strokes of heavy pigment used to describe golden locks caught in the light.

 
Dijck, Abraham van
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1635-Dordrecht, Netherlands 1680 Dordrecht, Netherlands 1635-Dordrecht, Netherlands 1680
Profile of a Boy Profile of a Boy
Around 1655 Around 1655
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
40.0 x 37.5 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.11

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