Self-portrait, Cornelis Troost, 1739

Self-portrait, Cornelis Troost, 1739

oil on canvas, h 103cm × w 83cm. More details

As a former actor and scene painter, Troost understood illusion. In this self-portrait he gazes from a mirror at himself and at us. The curtain, pedestal, palette and drawing on blue paper create a sense of depth. Every detail testifies to his technical skill. Notice how he conveyed the fine batiste cloth of his fashionable jabot – the frill of ruffles attached to his shirt – with a single stroke of white paint.

On display in room 1.1

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