ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Hugo Van de Goes, ‘Portrait of a Man’, c. 1475. This piece can be seen at Metropolitan Museum, NYC. This portrait focusses on the young man’s looks, but also what he is presenting to his professional colleagues at the “guilds,” and also a good portrait, to be replicated or shown to families for arranged marriages.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A successful Flemish painter, who was in high demand for his portraits. He was a very important painter of church altarpieces as well as portraits, that were used to document an individual or for marriage purposes (courtship too). He introduced important innovations in painting through his monumental style, use of a specific color range and pushed the use of individualistic manner of portraiture. He is an integral part of the School of Realism and influenced his Italian colleagues, and he too, was influenced by the wonders of Italian art.
WHERE TO SEE THIS WORK
On your next trip to NYC, stop by The Met and enjoy this and other wonderful pieces of Art by Flemish painters.
Visit soon: https://www.metmuseum.org/