profile bust of a male figure facing R with tall hat, long white beard, and coat

Bust of an Old Man with a High Cap, c. 1628-1632

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By the 1620s, the Dutch sought out tronies (head studies) as unvarnished glimpses into the human spirit. This rare early state shows Jan Lievens’ economical use of stippling and wiry lines to capture this (probably) live model, achieving the feel of a drawing. Like his friend Rembrandt, Lievens was born in Leiden, Holland, and was drawn to wizened faces.

Bust of an Old Man with a High Cap
Artist Life
Accession Number
Pierre Mariette II (1634-1716), Lugt 1790 (1672), Paris. Ernst Theodor Rodenacker (about 1840-before 1894), Lugt 2438, Dantzig. Berlin Print Room, deaccessioned as duplicate, Lugt 1608 and 234, 1886('). Paul Davidsohn (1839-1927'), Lugt 654, born Danzig. [C. & J. Goodfriend, New York; sold March 5, 1985, to Andrus]; John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 47; Hollstein 68 i; Dutuit 47 i/iii, Rovinski 103 i/iii
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profile bust of a male figure facing R with tall hat, long white beard, and coat