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Robert Lucas


Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman, 1634
Frans Hals (Dutch, c. 1581-1666)
oil on canvas, Framed: 139 x 109 x 5.5 cm (54 11/16 x 42 7/8 x 2 1/8 in); Unframed: 117 x 87 cm (46 1/16 x 34 1/4 in). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1999.173
Image Credit: Cleveland Museum of Art
Tieleman Roosterman's business in fine linen and silk fabrics extended as far as
France. Given his trade, it is no surprise that Hals emphasized costume here, luxurious despite its sober color.
Here Roosterman wears a black doublet with slashed sleeves, a wide collar, lace-edged cuffs, and breeches, as well as a large beaver hat. The inscription at the upper right, painted by Hals, gives the sitter's age as 36 and the painting's date.

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