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Gerrit Dou: 'Portrait of a Man'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

The sitter is the same as in another portrait (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum), and as in an etched portrait by Godfried Schalcken, who was Dou's pupil. This picture was probably painted in about 1635-40 when Dou was in his mid-twenties.

X-radiographs have revealed that the portrait was painted over another portrait head, not an uncommon practice in artists' studios at the time.

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