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Portrait of a Boy

Although best known today for his panoramic landscapes, Philips de Koninck’s portraits were greatly admired by his contemporaries. A native of Amsterdam, de Koninck apprenticed with his older brother, the painter Jacob Koninck I, in Rotterdam. He returned to Amsterdam in 1641 and is thought to have become a member of the circle around Rembrandt. The identity of the sitter in this portrait is unknown, but the young man’s fine garments and carved walking stick allude to his well-do-to status.

Philips de Koninck
Dutch, 1619‒1688
Portrait of a Boy
1673
Oil on canvas
29 ½ x 25 ¾ in. (74.9 x 65.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bequest of Herman B Wells, 2001.45