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Artist: Werner Jacobsz. van den Valckert
[Dutch painter, 1583-1627]

Title: Portrait of a Man Holding a Ring

Date: 1617
Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: 26 x 20 inches (65 x 50 cm)
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Image size: 1203 x 1600 pixels, 150 Kbytes
              
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Werner Jacobsz. van den Valckert: Portrait of a Man Holding a Ring

 
 
 
I visited the Rijksmuseum with my family earlier this year, and this portrait was an unexpected favorite from our visit.

Usually the Rijksmuseum website has sumptuous reproductions of the paintings in their collection, but I'd only give this scan about a 9 out of 10. The detail is not quite perfect, and there's a trompe l'oeil feel to the actual painting that doesn't come across in the online version.

P.S. Your first reaction might be the same as mine: that the painting is of a future bridegroom. But according to the Rijksmuseum's website, it's much more likely that the sitter was a goldsmith and the ring was a symbol of his profession.
 
 
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