Portrait of a Man

The unidentified sitter stands in front of an arch, leaning against a stone relief. The relief shows a cupid chastising another, blindfolded cupid. The scene symbolises the triumph of Divine Love over Earthly Love and makes it likely that the portrait was painted at the time of the sitter's betrothal or marriage.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
1636
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
136.2 x 102.2 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1945
Inventory number
NG5631
Location in Gallery