Painting oil on paper applied on wood depicting a strong and characterized head of an old man with dimensions of 36 x 28 cm without frame and 68 x 60 with coeval frame of the Flemish painter Daniel Van den Dick (Antwerp 1610 - Mantua 1670).
In this depiction of this character portrayed for the particularity and depth of the face, quickly dashed with an accentuated formal synthesis and with a square physiognomy of the face, illuminated by an artificial light source that directly affects the protagonist, you can see a revisitation of a seventeenth-century figurative culture with a truly important aesthetic and interpretative angle and a remarkable taste.
Furthermore, painting in such an abbreviated way, apparently almost hasty, but instead subtended by a pressing rhythm is accentuated by a more thoughtful interpretative commitment. Then focusing on the truly peculiar types both formal and physiognomic, combined with the analysis of the contrasting chromatic fabric crossed by bright flashes of light.
The composition is very versatile and intelligently calibrated in the colors especially in those continuous contrasts between the very light and dark parts, where the extraordinary versatility of the artist is evident both thanks to a classical education due to the study of the great masters through the copy of plaster models and prints, both thanks to a passion for invention, for jet painting so strong, powerful and daring. Here represented there is one of the subjects most dear to the artist or the representation of half figures studied and analyzed with crude realism; here we can also see our artist's preference for a smoother, more softly shaped and more vibrant pictorial body.
The compositional scheme of this work faithfully reflects the precepts of the time with an almost frontal setting of the figure and with the light conceived in the narrower Caravaggesque tradition, with a light source coming from the left, which brings out the noble head against a dark background faded to the right into a lighter halo; here we can easily notice the artist's inclination and desire to capture the character's character and attention to an emotional and sentimental rendering of the image through a painting, which exudes a profound humanity and great moral strength, without never reach a decorative formalism, endowed with both great naturalism and realism and a strong religious spirit and an intimate and grieved participation for a humanity marked by age and suffering.
The painting is in a good state of readability and depicts the study of a virile face: a so-called head of character, a sort of portrait with hoary horsehair and beard, usually made against a dark backdrop to make the contrasts of light more effective and to better highlight the full-bodied material consistency of the pictorial mixture used. With greater precision we can affirm that in this table the portrait character wearing a freshly sketched dress is painted with a rich pictorial mixture spread with energetic brush strokes and warm and bright hues: these are the typical characters of the evolved Baroque artistic environment both Italian and Flemish.
The author of this panel is a learned Flemish master attracted by the figurative culture of the works of Verhaeght and those of Nicolas Regnier; in the picture in question, a visual thought emerges, full of elegant suggestions drawn from the best Baroque tradition from beyond the Alps enriched by an education typical of the great masters who were active in Italy in the seventeenth century.
As proof of our attribution, it will be sufficient to compare this head of an old bearded man with other works by the valiant Daniel Van Den Dick such as the martyrdom of San Lorenzo in Venice in the church of Santa Maria dell 'Orto and above all the paintings of Villa Venier in Mira, depicting psyche revered as a goddess and Psyche welcomed into the Olympus.
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