Portrait of a Gentleman (possibly Burgomaster Nicholaes Rockox)

Originally octagonal

Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish (active Italy, Antwerp, and England), 1577 - 1640

c. 1615

Oil on panel

15 1/2 x 12 5/16 inches (39.4 x 31.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 258, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Gordon A. Hardwick and Mrs. W. Newbold Ely, 1944

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Nicholaes Rockox, nine times the mayor (burgomaster) of Antwerp, was a friend and patron of Peter Paul Rubens, who described him as an "honest man and a connoisseur of antiquities." While the identification of the sitter remains uncertain and is based primarily on comparisons with other representations of Rockox, the attribution of the painting to Rubens has never been questioned.

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