Jakob Ferdinand Voet (?),
Portrait of a Magistrate (?)

Jakob Ferdinand Voet (?),
Portrait of a Magistrate (?)

Jakob Ferdinand Voet (?), Portrait of a Magistrate (?)
Canvas, 76×60 cm + frame 17 cm, Inv. n. 15

The subject is portrayed half-length with long, loose tresses and wearing a black toga and white collar. The background is dark red.

Considered by experts like Golfieri to be one of the most fascinating paintings of the Pinacoteca, it is an excellent portrait, although its origins and artist are unknown.

The work has always been considered a masterpiece. It has been attributed to various artists and, in the end, the name of Jacob Ferdinand Voet was proposed. However, the question has never been finalised.

The portrait of the magistrate depicted half-length is in any case the type of portrait Voet was known for. The artist preferred a frontal pose, his models have an intimate and good-natured expression, but more profound elements and a psychological introspection are missing. The figures are mostly set against a stark brown and uniform background, with no perspective or objects, with slight illumination around the silhouette of the subject that exalts the contours, especially of the sides of the face.

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