Portrait of a Young Man in Military Costume

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Object Details


Portrait of a Young Man in Military Costume


Bartholomeus van der Helst (Dutch, 1613 - 1670)




The Netherlands (Place created)




Oil on canvas


74.3 x 60.3 cm (29 1/4 x 23 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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With the determined, confident air of an officer accustomed to giving orders, this young man was typical of the wealthy admirals, military heroes, and members of the regent class who patronized Bartholomeus van der Helst, the most popular portrait painter among Amsterdam's leading citizens. They sought him out for his elegant, almost glamorous manner, inspired by the art of Anthony van Dyck, and for his scrupulous attention to their expensive costume.

In characteristic fashion, van der Helst devoted extensive attention to the raised ornament of this somber soldier's costume, brilliantly depicting the gold and silver brocade and scattering reflection throughout the whole picture. In his concern with realistic effects, the artist also attended to the varied details of other surfaces, from the soft doeskin of the soldier's glove to the tassels hanging from his stiff collar.


Possibly Count of Ferrari


Possibly Fikke van den Berg (Paris, France)

by 1926

Private Collection [sold, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, November 30, 1926, lot 456, for 4,200 florins.]

- 1936

Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1936 - 1938

Estate of Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Mensing sale, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, November 15, 1938, lot 46, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (March 26 to April 30, 1944) (Cat. 44)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (Los Angeles), March 26 to April 30, 1944
LOUIS STYLE: French Frames from Louis XIII to Louis XVI, 1610-1792 (September 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016) (Cat. 44)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016