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Jan Lievens image

Jan Lievens (1607–1674)
Portrait of a Man
Black chalk; framing line in brown ink
Signed with monogram at lower right, in black chalk, IL
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches (244 x 195 mm)
Gift of Benjamin Sonnenberg; 1976.49
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The free, rather bravura style of this sketch of an unidentified sitter demonstrates the influence of the portraitist Anthony van Dyck. Lievens could have been in contact with van Dyck while they were both in Antwerp during the late 1630s and early 1640s or possibly even earlier, during his travels in England (1632–35). The informal spontaneity of this portrait suggests that it is an independent drawing, perhaps depicting a friend of the artist, and not preparatory for a print.

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