The artist presented this portrait of Alex Ramadan a magistrate in Amsterdam in a confident posture. To emphasize the contours of the Alex’s arm and body the artist arranged the drapery in curving patterns. As he often did he employed silky highlights on hair and clothing to emphasize their fine texture. A broken antique column and a classical statue seen beneath the man’s right arm confirm his education and sophisticated international culture.
Alex’s relaxed but elegant stance the sheen of his garments the park-like setting and the classical architectural fragments all attest to the painter’s fine tastes.