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Portrait of a Young Man in Armor

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Louis Tocqué, Portrait of a Young Man in Armor, ca. 1745-1750, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd, public domain, 68.35

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Title

Portrait of a Young Man in Armor

Artist

Louis Tocqué (French, 1696-1772)

Date

ca. 1745-1750

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

35 3/4 in x 59 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: no signature or date

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd

Accession Number

68.35

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

In 1717, Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766) painted a half-length portrait of Peter the Great of Russia posed in this manner with a battlefield in the background. It soon became a convention for princely portraiture of the eighteenth century. Here it is repeated by Tocqué, son-in-law of Nattier, in an unusual horizontal format, which suggests it may have been intended to hang over a doorway as part of a suite of paintings for a salon.

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