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Bust of an Oriental Man

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.




Jan Lievens
Dutch, 1607-1674

About this artwork

Jan Lievens shared studio space and artistic inspiration with Rembrandt. This print showcases a favorite theme of both artists, the orientalizing character head or bust. The unidentified sitter wears both a turban and a necklace; the latter seems to bear the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece, an exclusive western noble order. Similar articles of clothing recur throughout Rembrandt’s paintings and prints; perhaps this model is simply wearing a borrowed turban, among other communal studio props.


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Jan Lievens


Bust of an Oriental Man


Holland (Artist's nationality)

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Artist's working dates 1627–1674


Etching on cream laid paper


Image/sheet, trimmed within platemark: 27.6 × 22.6 cm (10 7/8 × 8 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Bernard F. Rogers

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