Portrait of a Man
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
The coat of arms in the upper left corner offers a clue to this sitter’s lineage, but his identity remains unknown. He extends his right hand through the simulated oval frame and into the viewer’s space, holding a painted miniature of a young woman, perhaps his betrothed or wife. Before the advent of photography in the nineteenth century, the well-to-do commissioned portrait miniatures as portable and intimate mementoes of loved ones.
Oil on canvas
29 x 21 3/4 in. (73.7 x 55.2 cm)
Frame: 39 x 32 x 4 1/2 in. (99.1 x 81.3 x 11.4 cm)
Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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