Portrait.

Portrait of a Burgomaster, c. 1665–70

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He wears his wealth on his sleeves. The lace on his vest front and cuffs, handmade from precious threads of gold and silver, are the most expensive element of his lavish ensemble. Such finery fuelled controversy in Holland, where Protestant preachers lauded frugality, because it used scarce resources for the sake of vanity. This man, who may have been a city leader (burgomaster), made some concession to modesty with his black suit. But he clearly had a flair for fashion.

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van Der Helst, Portrait of a Burgomaster, Jacobus Trip (#685)
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Title
Portrait of a Burgomaster
Artist Life
1613–1670
Role
Artist
Accession Number
35.7.106
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