- Inventory number
- Dyck, Anton van
- Portrait of a Man
- 112 cm x 100 cm
- On display
- Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe V, Quinta of the Duke of El Arco, “novena pieza que es salón”, 1745, n. 278?; Quinta of the Duke of El Arco, “pieza octava de salón”, 1794, n. 211?)
This more than half-length portrait of a man with a slit suit, a cape on his shoulder and a lace collar presents him in proud fashion, ostensibly with the sword that defines him as a nobleman. He was traditionally though to be the engraver, Paul du Pont, known as Paulus Pontius, because of their similar appearance, but the presence of a sword casts doubt on that identification.
This work belongs to the painter's second period in his native city. The frontal placement of the model and the bizarre scorzo of his left hand mark this forceful image. The expressiveness of his gestures belongs to the courtly rhetoric characteristic of many of this artist's portraits, and the position of one hand on his hip and the other in scorzo are habitual solutions.
In 1745, this portrait appeared in the collection of the Duke of El Arco.