SEYBOLD, Christian
(b. ca. 1690, Mainz, d. 1768, Wien)

Self-Portrait as an Old Man

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Oil on copper, 41 x 30 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

In this self-portrait the painter records on his face every indication of old age with the greatest precision and inventories them with what contemporaries called "pore painting" naturalism. In his earlier self-portrait the face was the mirror of personality, of the character and of the soul. In this later one it is the mirror of the decline of the body.