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This beautifully delineated portrait with its play of darkness and light is by one of the great Northern European portraitists of the 18th century, Balthazar Denner. Though his birthplace was then within the Danish kingdom, it later became part of Hamburg and Denner is considered a German artist. The son of a Mennonite minister, he suffered an injury at age eight that left him lame for life. While convalescing, he began to sketch and copy paintings by Dutch masters which emphasized the chiaruscuro (play of darkness and light) popular in Rembrandts work. He eventually entered the Berlin Academy of Art...
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