1. Increased world trade and an influx of foreign goods to Europe in the early 17th century set off a craze for exotic clothing. Ensembles from the Ottoman Empire, referred to at the time as “Oriental” garb or attire, were especially sought after. It became very fashionable for gentlemen and wealthy merchants to have their portraits painted wearing these new exotic costumes, a trend that would endure for well over a century.
This portrait of an Old Man in Oriental Garb was painted by Jan Lievens between 1628 and 1630.

    Increased world trade and an influx of foreign goods to Europe in the early 17th century set off a craze for exotic clothing. Ensembles from the Ottoman Empire, referred to at the time as “Oriental” garb or attire, were especially sought after. It became very fashionable for gentlemen and wealthy merchants to have their portraits painted wearing these new exotic costumes, a trend that would endure for well over a century.

    This portrait of an Old Man in Oriental Garb was painted by Jan Lievens between 1628 and 1630.

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    Jan Lievens: Old Man in Oriental Garb, 1628–30.
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    Why is this painting so striking? Also, friends: I would like that cape for Christmas. Por favor.
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