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Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, 1597 (oil on copper)

Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, 1597 (oil on copper)


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Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, 1597 (oil on copper)

3471247 Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, 1597 (oil on copper) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640); 21.6 x 14.6 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; (add.info.: The square and dividers may refer to architecture or geography, while the watch is a reminder of mortality. ); Flemish, out of copyright

Media ID 18262051

© Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA / Bridgeman Images

Chain Flemish Ruff Slashing Time Watch Mortality Symbolic


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This portrait, titled "Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer" was painted by the renowned Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens in 1597. Measuring at 21.6 x 14.6 cm, this oil on copper masterpiece is housed in the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The subject of this enigmatic painting remains unidentified but is believed to be either an architect or geographer due to the presence of square and dividers held by the man's hand. These tools symbolize his profession and expertise in designing structures or studying geographical landscapes. Another intriguing element captured by Rubens is a watch prominently displayed on the man's waistcoat. This timepiece serves as a poignant reminder of mortality, emphasizing that even skilled professionals are bound by the passage of time. The artist skillfully portrays intricate details such as the man's well-groomed moustache and beard, adding depth and character to his face. The half-length composition focuses solely on his upper body, allowing viewers to appreciate every stroke and brushwork that brings him to life. Rubens' use of slashing technique creates texture within the subject's clothing while also highlighting his refined sense of style through elaborate ruffs and fashionable attire typical for that era. This remarkable portrait not only showcases Rubens' exceptional talent but also invites us into a world where artistry meets intellectuality – where architecture, geography, timekeeping, and mortality intertwine seamlessly on canvas.

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