Michael Sweerts – Portrait of a Young Man (Ratio Quique Reddenda)

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In the art section of the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant appears weekly the column ‘Archetype’, in which cross-links between art and actuality are being highlighted. The work Portrait of a Young Man (1656) of the Flemish painter Michael Sweerts would certainly qualify for such a comparison. The currently at the Hermitage Amsterdam exhibited painting, as part of the truly stunning exhibition Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens – Flemish Painters from the Hermitage, shows a somewhat melancholic looking young banker beneath which the moralistic text ‘Ratio Quique Reddenda’ has been written. What translates as ‘each man must give an account of himself’. The here at first sight contrasting given of youthful age and profound lesson makes the artwork only more topical, as the visualization of the haughty ones of today, the nouveaux riches, the young speculators…

The exhibition Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens – Flemish Painters from the Hermitage at the Hermitage Amsterdam runs until the 15th of June 2012.

Michael Sweerts – Portrait of a Young Man (1656).

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