Object Image

Portrait of a Man

Like his contemporary Paulus Verschuur in the adjacent portrait by Hals, this man sports a wide-brimmed black hat, lace collar and cuffs, and a crumpled leather glove. But even working with these shared elements of respectable Dutch attire, Verspronck took an individual approach, favoring a far smoother, more illusionistic application of paint than Hals, his main rival for portrait commissions in Haarlem. Over the course of the seventeenth century, tastes largely shifted away from rough and painterly styles and toward the smoother approach of artists like Verspronck.

Credit: Bequest of Susan P. Colgate, in memory of her husband, Romulus R. Colgate, 1936

1645
Oil on canvas
79.4 x 64.1cm
36.162.1
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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