Bust of a Soldier, Adriaen van der Werff, c. 1700

Bust of a Soldier, Adriaen van der Werff, c. 1700

palmhout, h 8.25cm. More details

In his spare time, the renowned painter Adriaen van der Werff was also a decent sculptor. This pawn or bishop is one of the few surviving pieces from a chess set that he carved for his own use from ebony and boxwood. The roguish, laughing soldier reveals a light-hearted and mocking side to this otherwise serious painter of history scenes.

On display in gallery 2.26

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