Bust of an oriental

Jan Lievens - engraver

Jan Lievens - engraver - Bust of an oriental
This impressive depiction of a bust of a man dressed in an Oriental costume is a tronie. It means a depiction of an exaggerated facial expression or a stock character in costume. During his Leiden period (1625-1631), Lievens also produced this type of work in his paintings. This excellent study of the man’s facial expression brings to mind Leonardo da Vinci’s famous grotesque heads known as affetti.
measurements: height 274 mm
width 224 mm
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material: paper
technique: etching, drypoint, third state
inventory number: R 57050
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings