ROMAKO, Anton
(b. 1832, Atzgersdorf, d. 1889, Wien)

Portrait of a Young Man

1881-83
Oil on canvas, 116 x 80 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

Romako's painting is rich in narrative elements, the significance of which often remains hidden, especially in his portraits. Many of them contain minor details, which illustrate attributes of the person depicted and are intended as covert allusions. The present portrait depicts a young man in evening dress, lighting a cigarette. Roughly sketched gloves lie on the brim of a black top hat. Together with books, a candle and a letter, arranged as a still-life, these objects give an impression of the personality depicted.