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    Thomas P. Campbell (Director), Keith Christiansen (Department of European Paintings) and Michael Gallagher (Sherman Fairchild Paintings Conservation Center) discuss Velázquez's Portrait of a Man (49.7.42) (2009).

    Portrait of a Man, ca. 1630
    Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, 1599–1660)
    Oil on canvas

    27 x 21 3/4 in. (68.6 x 55.2 cm)
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.42)

    This arresting portrait was long thought to be a self-portrait of Velázquez. The same sitter appears as a bystander in Velázquez's famous Surrender of Breda in the Prado, Madrid; that bystander, too, was long identified as a self-portrait, but the matter is not clear. The Surrender of Breda was painted in 1634–35 and this portrait, which is an informal study rather than a highly finished work, must have been painted by Velázquez about the same time.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Virtuosity

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  • Portrait of a Man, ca. 1630
    Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, 1599–1660)
    Oil on canvas

    27 x 21 3/4 in. (68.6 x 55.2 cm)
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.42)


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    Thomas P. Campbell (Director), Keith Christiansen (Department of European Paintings) and Michael Gallagher (Sherman Fairchild Paintings Conservation Center) discuss Velázquez's Portrait of a Man (49.7.42) (2009).