Portrait of a Gentleman, possibly a Member of the Deutz Family


Michael Sweerts ( Flemish, 1618 - 1664 )

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The subject of this portrait is probably Jeronimus Deutz, one of the three sons of a wealthy family of Flemish fabric merchants who visited Rome in the 1640s. While there, they commissioned portraits from their countryman Michael Sweerts, a versatile painter of portraits, historical subjects, and low-life genre scenes. Through his careful description of the sitter's fine clothes, gilt sword belt, and handsome features, Sweerts presents a well-to-do, confident young man of good birth.

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