Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
Haarlem 1610 - 1685
A man wearing a black cap
oil on oak panel
unframed: 8.5 x 7.6 cm.; 3 3/8 x 3 in.
framed: 16.7 x 15.7 cm.; 6 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.
The small oak panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small retouchings around all four edges and in the corners, as well as a small area around the man's proper left eye. These are in no way distracting, however, and the painting is in overall good condition.
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Figures close to the present tronie, which appear in other relatively late works by Ostade include two paintings in the Staatliches Museum, Schwerin: a small single figure (inv. no. G 2389),1 and the two men in the centre of a tavern scene, dated 1660 (inv. no. G 141).2