Govert Flinck: Bearded Man with a Velvet Cap (1645)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA)

The picture is a "tronie" (Dutch for a "face"). Usually a tronie shows an exaggerated facial expression or a stock character in costume. Flinck painted this picture over a portrait of a woman which he finished earlier. This is a great painting, the beard and the face are almost real-life for me. Unfortunatly the identity of the man is not known. Painting from 1645.