A middle-aged man sporting a wig, cravat and distinctive moustache regards the viewer with a subtle, ambiguous smile. He has been portrayed in a casual style and a dark colour palette, only intermittently disrupted by a handful of bright details. Although the identity of the man is unknown, the elegant clothing style indicates that he was a follower of French fashion, which was popular among the European upper classes towards the end of the 1600s.
The painting has previously been attributed to the French-Danish court painter Jacob d’Agar, who in his later career was a portrait painter in the court of King Christian V.


  • Title: Portrait of a Man
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1686-1700
  • Physical Dimensions: 67 x 55 cm
  • Provenance: Acquired 1873
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The Nivaagaard Collection: http://www.nivaagaard.dk/en/public-domain/
  • External Link: The Nivaagaard Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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