Portrait of Jan Vos, the Poet

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Portrait of Jan Vos, the Poet

Karel Dujardin

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Medium & Support
etching and engraving on fine off-white laid paper

6 ⅝ in x 5 ⅛ in (16.83 cm x 13.02 cm);19 3/10 in x 14 3/10 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Fall 2013
Karl Dujardin
Netherlands, 1622–1678
Portrait of Jan Vos, the Poet
Etching and engraving
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser, 1968/2.78
Dujardin’s portraits are usually painted; this is the only one that he etched. The print depicts the poet Jan Vos (1612–1667) and served as a frontispiece to a volume of his works. In this portrait, which is similar to a drawing of the poet by the artist Jan Lievens (1607–1674), Vos is dressed in a voluminous costume and looks out at the viewer with a stern expression. The paper scroll he holds and displays in his left hand calls attention to his art.

Subject matter
This etching by Dujardin depicts the Dutch poet Jan Vos and served as a frontispiece to a volume of Vos' poetry.

Physical Description
In this bust-length portrait a man appears in dark robes and a starched white collar. He looks directly at the viewer and holds a rolled up piece of paper. Below the image is a Dutch inscription identifying the sitter as Jan Vos.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

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