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In the lexicon of todays art world “Old Master Paintings” deal with Western Art from the High Middle Ages (c.1300) until the early 19th century.  They are the basis of our visual cultural heritage.

One of my all-time favorite paintings of these periods is Jan Lievens’, Portrait of a boy in Persian dress (Private Collection) of c. 1631.  Lievens is less known than his contemporary Rembrandt, but can be equally accomplished.  To think the artist was 24 years old when he created this painting is incredible enough!  But then, when you sit with the image and you see the mastery of the artist in portraying the luminosity of the flesh tones in the face of the blue-eyed and rosy-cheeked young man, the chain across his chest and the Bird of Paradise feather on his turban you cannot help but to be gobsmacked.

Interestingly, this portrait transcends time unlike other Old Masters, and can equally sit comfortably in the company of Rembrandt or Cy Twombly and nobody would find him out of place.

 What do you think?

photo credit © LG

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Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
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