I love the expression on this guy’s face. He’s totally like, “What did that guy just say about my hat?! I love my feathers! That’s so mean.”
detail from “Banquet at the Crossbowmen’s Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of Münster,” Bartholomeus van der Helst, 1648. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
You have to appreciate his maternity-doublet-with-obi-sash-with-a-big-bow look. That kind of style takes courage. Plus, nice subtle clocking on the stockings, and good view of backseam.
First of all, good image of stocking seams. Second, with that heavy black outline, doesn’t it look like proto-comic-book art? He was probably ridiculed for it at the time, but now he’d be a famous graphic novel artist.
Here’s a great detail from the same painting, with a clear seam up the back of this guy’s hosiery. Thanks for the clothing detail, Mr. Unknown Flemish Artist!