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A Saint

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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This tiny image of an elderly man is painted in the style associated with the Leiden artist Gerrit Dou, who specialised in meticulously observed, small-format works. The rough brown garment which the man wears suggests that this was intended to represent a saint, although he has no halo or special attribute. The subject is possibly Saint Peter, who was usually shown with white hair and a beard. It has been suggested that the work was painted by a Leiden follower of Dou, who had many students and admirers.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    11.6 x 9.6 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Peter Grenville Temple, 1979


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