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With one arm akimbo and one hand firmly holding a pair of gloves, the man in the picture confidently confronts the viewer. The flat planes which describe the head and the bold strokes of the heavily loaded brush emphasise the energetic character of the sitter, who, however, remains unidentified. His clothes appear to date from the mid-1640s.

The handling of the light passages is similar to that in Hals's 'Portrait of an Artist' of 1644 (Chicago, Art Institute).

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