Inventory number
P01491
Author
Dyck, Anthony van
Title
The Head of an Old Man
Chronology
1622-1632
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
47 cm x 36 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Religion
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Palace, Madrid, “primera pieza de la obra nueva”, 1814-1818, n. 49)

A bearded, grey-haired old man turns his head to the left over a black background.

This is similar to another head by the same artist (P1694) and is probably a sketch or model for a larger work, intended to study expressions and posture.

This work is from the artist's youth, as can be seen in the rough texture of the brushstrokes on the face, which link it to other portraits from his first period.

This work has sometimes been attributed to Rubens, to whom, curiously, it belonged until 1640, when it was acquired at the auction of his belongings by Felipe IV.

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