Young Man with Red Beret
c. 1629-1630
Jan Lievens (Dutch, 1607-1674)
On View

The costumed young man here was intended not as a portrait but as a tronie, the term given to bust studies of an expression or an historical type, removed from their narrative context. Such face paintings illustrate an integral part of the training for young artists as they honed their skills in rendering expression, design and costume. By the 17th century, however, paintings of tronies became popular as autonomous work of art. There was a lively market for them and they featured prominently in the inventories of the period. The imagination and visual interest of this youth underscores the popularity of such figures. With his brocaded, garnet-colored cloak, velvet beret and gold-threaded scarf he cuts quite the exotic figure.


  • Artist Name: Jan Lievens (Dutch, 1607-1674)
  • Title: Young Man with Red Beret
  • Date: c. 1629-1630
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 27-1/2 x 21 in. (69.9 x 53.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon
  • Accession Number: M.1997.1.1.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Napoléon-Louis (1811–1898), 3rd duke of Talleyrand-Périgord, duke of Valençay et Sagan, Paris and Château de Valençay (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2 Dec. 1899, no. 49, sold for 9,000 frs to);
[Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris (sale, Paris, Ch. Sedelmeyer, 25 May 1907, lot 158, sold for 126,000 frs to)];
[Schnell for];
Henri Georges Heugel (1844–1918), Paris, by inheritance to;
Mme. Heugel (née Gordon-Creed) and their son Jacques Heugel (1890–1979), Paris, sold ca. 1955/56 to;
[Heim Gallery, Paris].
Collection Sikorsky, Hamburg.
[Acquavella Galleries, New York, sold in the 1960s to];
Mrs. Stuart H. Ingersoll (née Elinor Dorrance), New York and Newport, R.I. (estate sale, Christie’s, New York, 12 January 1978, lot 79, as Lievens, sold to); Norton Simon, bequest 1993 to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, gift 1997 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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