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  • Portrait of a Youth

    Artist:
    Dumonstier, Pierre l'Aîné, c. 1543-1601
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    32x19 cm

Dumonstier, Pierre l'Aîné, c. 1543-1601

Portrait of a Youth

France, Between 1570 and 1575

Pierre Dumonstier, draughtsman and painter, was one of numerous artist members of the Dumonstier (also known as Dumoustier) family, and this work by him is a superb example of 16th-century French portraiture as a whole. The composition suggests that the portrait is in fact a fragment cut out of a larger painting, perhaps a group or paired portrait, or simply a full-length portrait. Despite the small size of the work as we now see it, this portrait still manages to capture the uniqueness of human appearance. The correct, handsome features of the youth, with the slightly scornful pursing of the lips and the cold gaze, create an impression of distance. This image seems to be full of the sense of intrigue of the court Catherine de' Medici, where Dumonstier worked in the 1580s and 1590s. In the 16th century, French art came under strong Italian influence, but portraiture was one of the few areas of painting which retained its national characteristics.

Title:

Portrait of a Youth

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

32x19 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1768; acquired from the K. Cobenzl collection in Brussels

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4313

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