The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals

This is a very well-known painting, but it seems that it is mainly in seeing the original that you come to appreciate the skill of the artist. The embroidery on the clothing is rendered in the most intricate detail. But it is also by  examining it close-up that you can see, from the swagger and pose of the subject, why it is called “The Laughing Cavalier” – even though he was not a cavalier and may be faintly smiling – but he is certainly not laughing.

Hals Cavalier

 

My notes can be found here: Laughing Cavalier