Portrait of a Man holding Gloves

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).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1582/3 - 1666
Full title
Portrait of a Man holding Gloves
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
78.5 x 67.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2528
Location in Gallery