Several artists throughout history have attempted to capture the essence of a gentleman through oils and photography. Today we pause for a moment to take a look at a few valiant works that portray gentlemen of the times (art ranging from 1450 – 1900).
All of the oil artists have aptly entitled each of the paintings below “Portrait of a Gentleman”.
1450 – Portrait of a Gentleman by Andrea del Castagno, a landmark Italian portraiture, with the gentleman’s right hand clutching the long end of a hood worn over the shoulder.
1512 – Portrait of a Gentleman by Bartolomeo Veneto (1502 – 1546), Italy.
1555 – Portrait of a Young Gentleman by Tintoretto, whose real name was Jacopo Comin (1518 – 1594). For his notable energy, he was also known as II Furioso.
1629 – Portrait of a Gentleman by Nicolaes Pickenoy (1558-1656), a Dutch Painter of Flemish origin.
1730 – Portrait of a Gentleman by Vittore Ghislandi (1655 – 1743), who trained in Milan during the post-medieval Baroque period.
1742 – Another Portrait of a Gentleman, by Vittore Ghislandi (1655 – 1743).
1809 – Portrait of a Gentleman by an unknown artist.
1842 – Portrait of a Gentleman by John Ponsford (1790 – 1870).
1850 (estimated) – Portrait of a Gentleman by William John Wilgus (1819 – 1853), also known for his works of Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman.
1888 (estimated) – ”The Czarevitch”. Nicholas Romanov of Russia (1868-1918), a few years before he ascended the throne in 1894 as Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia.
1890s – Carte De Viste, Two Gentleman of Stavanger.
1892 – Oscar Wilde. Photo by Napoleon Sarony.
The Year 1900 – Gentleman Wearing a Top Hat, by Max Platz.
Sonya Glyn Nicholson, Senior Editor