#4 Rembrandt, Eleazar Swalmius, 1637 (on loan from Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp). This beautiful portrait is exceptionally large (132 x 109 cm. / 52 x 43 inch.) and it shows the preacher in a deliberately chosen position; his raised hand suggests that he is speaking. This reminds us that the value of a preacher lies within his words, not his painted image.
Michael Cardew. "If you are lucky, and if you live long enough, and if you trust your materials and you trust your instincts, you will see things of beauty growing up in front of you, without you having anything to do with it."
Portrait of a Man Frans Hals 1630 'Portrait of a Man' by Hals is striking for its compositional simplicity and tonal unity - both aspects indicative of the artist's stylistic progression during the 1630s. The figure seems to burst out of the lower edge of the canvas. The sense of a strong physical presence is due to the spiral effect created by the jutting elbow on the viewer's left and the hand holding a pair of gloves that extends from the tautened cloth on the right.