A. This man looks to be very proud, but neither happy nor sad. He looks to be a sophisticated man or at least an educated man. Even his clothing shows that he was a man of nobility.
B. This painting shows that men were powerful if they were educated and proud. In addition to this, clothing showed the status of the man.
C. The artist is Frans Hals, a Dutch, Golden Age, Portrait painter. He played an important role in the evolution of the 17th century group portraiture.