The tronie

Exhibit & Sale

Apr 2 - Aug 20, 2023
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Smith library
Salmagundi Library Committee
Exhibition Hours
Monday – Friday | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Open to the public
Free to attend

Person looks groggily at the viewer in a dimly-lit room. They wear a red bucket hat that has eyes and a wide smile.

tronie is a type of work common in Dutch Golden Age painting and Flemish Baroque painting that depicts an exaggerated or characteristic facial expression. These works were not intended as portraits or caricatures but as studies of expression, type, physiognomy or an interesting character such as an old man or woman, a young woman, the soldier, the shepherdess, the Oriental, or a person of a particular race.The main goal of the artists who created tronies was to achieve a lifelike representation of the figures and to show off their illusionistic abilities through the free use of color, strong light contrasts, or a peculiar color scheme. Tronies conveyed different meanings and values to their viewers. Tronies embodied abstract notions such as transience, youth, and old age, but could also function as positive or negative examples of human qualities, such as wisdom, strength, piety, folly, or impulsiveness. These works were very popular in Holland and Flanders and were produced as independent works for the free market.

In modern art-historical usage, the term tronie is typically restricted to figures not intended to depict an identifiable person, so it is a form of genre painting in a portrait format such as Leonardo da Vinci’s facial expressions or Vermeer’s Girl with Pearl Earring.


May 4, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception is open to the public
Eventbrite RSVP required to attend
Up to 60 people

$15 Suggested donation | General admission
Free | Salmagundi members

Live performance by classical guitarist Vidak Radonjic
Drinks for sale in Wiggins bar
(card only, no cash)

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