The Coin Collector

Hendrik Gerritsz Pot (Dutch, about 1585-1657)

Currently on View in H215
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The elderly man in this portrait is consulting a book that shows different types of coins, indicating that he is either a coin collector or a money changer. Though the motif of the coin had suggested miserliness and vice since the Renaissance, there is no trace of such moralization here.

Pot is best known as a painter of small-scale genre scenes and portraits, usually of single figures seated at a table. His later works, including this one, are influenced by Rembrandt’s treatment of light and his sensitive characterization of human subjects.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of Special Projects, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

artist
Hendrik Gerritsz Pot (Dutch, about 1585-1657)
creation date
about 1655
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
18 x 15-7/8 in.
27-1/8 x 25 in. (framed)
accession number
38.10
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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