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L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beaucoup d'hommes - portraits of men

Tête d'un africain, by Paul-Jean Flandrin, 1830.
Thomas Law Hodges at the age of 18, by Sir William Beechey, 1794.
The marquis de Saint-Paul, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, circa 1760.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, by George Platt Lynes, 1935.
Nikolai Petrovich Novosiltsev, by (after?) Vladimir Borovikovsky, circa 1807.
John Singer Sargent, by Giovanni Boldini, circa 1884.
Mr. Lewis as the Marquis in "The Midnight Hour", by Sir Martin Archer Shee, before 1792.
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1597.
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Gymnast Viktor Lisicki, by Dmitry Zhilinsky, 1984.
Jeune homme en redingote, miniature, French School, circa 1840.
Louis-Charles-Edmé de La Châtre, comte de Nançay (dit le marquis de La Châtre), by Nicolas de Largillière, circa 1710.
Ernest Henry Schelling, by John Singer Sargent, 1912.
Artist Nikolai Dmitrievich Kuznetsov, by Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, 1884 and 1914.
Portrait d'homme en buste à la veste bleue, by Ferdinand Machera, circa 1800-10.
(The actual size of this minia-
ture is 2 1/8 inches by 1 5/8.)
Portrait of a Boy in a Top Hat with Flies, by John Opie, circa 1800.
Portrait of a Man, Possibly an Architect or Geographer, oil on copper, by Peter Paul Rubens 1597.
Unknown Young Nobleman, by Jacob Ferdinand Voet, circa 1670-75.
Four Studies of a Male Head, by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1617-19.
Unknown, circa late 19th century-early 20th century. (Collection Ralf de Jonge.)
Portrait of a Young Man with a Violin, possibly Pierre Rode, by Jacques-Antoine Vallin, 1808.
Jacopo Boncompagni, by Scipione Pulzone, called Il Gaetano, 1574.
Portrait allégorique d'homme en Bacchus (once identified as the Régent, Philippe II, duc d'Orléans), by Nicolas de Largillière, circa 1680-85.
 Artist Miroslav Kraljević, by Vladimir Becić, 1908.
Steve Wengryn, by Vulcan Studio, circa late 1950s.
Portrait de jeune homme barbu dit l'Albinos, by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, circa last quarter of the 19th century.
Sir Graham Moore, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1792.


  1. And a lovely, diverse collection of men it is!

  2. Did you find any info on why the upper half of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex's face is white/silver?

    1. He does look odd, doesn't he? I've heard one opinion that in this portrait he is wearing the heavy white makeup famously employed by his Queen, but I think that's unlikely; as far as I'm aware, it wasn't a fashion for men to wear makeup at the time. I've seen many other portraits of the Earl, several of them by or after the same artist - Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - and in all of them he has a pale but otherwise normal coloring. I'm guessing this is just some fluke, some whim of the artist, an exaggeration of his pallor at a time when extreme pallor was considered beautiful and a sign of nobility - and then he just went a bit too far? Or maybe an alteration in the paint over time, or because of something done during restoration of the painting? But, really, I don't know. Very good question! : )