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Portrait of a Man Gm-00018301

Portrait of a Man Gm-00018301

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Hyacinthe Rigaud (French, 1659–1743) His subjects' rank and social position interested Hyacinthe Rigaud more than each individual's character. In this drawing of a wealthy nobleman, Rigaud concentrated on the luxurious sheen of his satin coat, the delicate lace frothing around his throat and cuffs, and the damask lining of his cloak, which surrounds him like a cloud. Subtle highlights even pick up the gleam of the brass studs decorating the chair underneath his left hand. Rigaud achieved these effects by applying a layer of white gouache on top of the black chalk and gray wash, creating a gleaming, three-dimensional effect. In contrast, the man's face and luxuriant flowing wig appear flat and static.

Textiles, used for either home furnishings or dress, were important indicators of an individual's social rank in the 1700s. In an age when only the wealthiest members of society could afford such expensive and fragile fabrics as silk, satin, and damask, both quality and quantity mattered. Only wealthy individuals could wear lace in the early 1700s, and fashion strictly controlled the style and the amount that was shown. The abundance of fabulous cloth in this drawing is therefore a silent indicator of this man's wealth and importance.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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