On View in Bellarmine Hall
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Artist: Martin van Meytens the Younger (Stockholm, Sweden, 1695 - 1770, Vienna, Austria)
Meytens painted numerous self-portraits over the course of his long career, and his distinctive features – the round face with its protruding brow line and slightly bulbous nose – are identifiable in each. Many of these self-portraits exist in multiple versions. Another version of Fairfield’s painting can be found in the Uffizi, where it was formerly part of the Vasarian Corridor of self-portraits.
This painting was part of the group of works donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport, CT in 1962. When that museum became the Discovery Museum in the early 1990's, the Kress paintings were transferred to Fairfield University, where they formed the core of what would become the Fairfield University Art Museum.
(Paul Drey, New York); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] in 1948; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University [now called the Fairfield University Art Museum], no. K1586.
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