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Ferdinand Bol

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Old Man with Flowing Beard

Ferdinand Bol, Dutch, (June 24, 1616–August 24,1680)

Creation date: 1642
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Etching
Medium and Support: Etching on laid paper
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1947.61
Dimensions: 5 in. x 3 7/8 in. (12.7 cm x 9.84 cm)


Bertie Heilbron, Coronado, California ( - February 28, 1947)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 28, 1947 - )

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In addition to large prints such as the Sacrifice of Abraham and Gideon's Sacrifice, Bol also produced a number of the character sketches called tronies in his first years as an independent master. Although these figure studies are thought usually to have been taken from live models, they are not intended as protraits, but rather, as studies of expression, physiognomy, or character "types" such as scholars, soldiers, or alluring young women. The figures are often seen in fanciful costumes that emphasized their exotic quality but also gave opporunity for the artists to demonstrate their ability to depict different textures and patterns.
Last Updated: 3/23/2010


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

From Rembrandt's Studio: The Prints of Ferdinand Bol , 12/5/2009 - 3/7/2010


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 98

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