“Man with a Red Turban” Painting


“Manwith a Red Turban” Painting

“Manwith a Red Turban” Painting

Theportrait of the “Man with a Red Turban” is a painting by thelegendary Dutch painter Jan van Eyck. The painting is a well donemasterpiece that contains all the aspects of art such as color,texture and background. The painting depicts a man with a red turbanaround his head, which gives it the title. The man in the picturewears a dark brown coat that can only be seen in the upper parts ofthe collar. With a closer look, it can be seen that the man is in aT-shirt from the inside, which is white or gray in color (TheNational Gallery, 2015). The backgroundof the portrait is a rich dark color. This makes it hard to contrastthe coat part of the clothing, making it invisible. At the same time,the turban is not pure red, but dark red, which fits the portraitperfectly with the dark background.

Likeother Renaissance paintings, the portrait is symmetrically balancedin proportions and uses shading that balances light and dark colors.The portrait shows a single person as a typical characteristic ofindividualism by many non-religious Renaissance paintings. Accordingto Babcock (2012), Renaissance was marked by a rebirth of culturethat bridged the 14thand the 17thcenturies. The clothing of the portrait demonstrates the values andideas of Renaissance that depict modern clothing. In addition, theportrait has a signature in the form of an inscription that stateshis mane and date of the painting. The letters of the inscriptionappear curved, which marks a characteristic of the writing of theRenaissance period. The depictions of the Renaissance by thesefeatures make the painting to be considered as that of the painterhimself as a self-portrait.


Babcock,M. (2012). The Story of WesternCulture. 2nd ed. Lynchburg: GallusAcademic Publishing

TheNational Gallery, Portrait of a Man(Self Portrait?) 1433, Jan van Eyck.Retrieved From,&lthttp://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jan-van-eyck-portrait-of-a-man-self-portrait&gtApril 28, 2015