Hals’s portrait was probably made speculatively after Descartes’s death, when the old Hals lived in poverty. It is to be regarded as virtually a free creation of his imagination. He probably had no other basis than van Schooten’s engraving.

Hals’s portrait was probably made speculatively after Descartes’s death, when the old Hals lived in poverty. It is to be regarded as virtually a free creation of his imagination. He probably had no other basis than van Schooten’s engraving.

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Hals’s portrait was probably made speculatively after Descartes’s death, when the old Hals lived in poverty. It is to be regarded as virtually a free creation of his imagination. He probably had no other basis than van Schooten’s engraving.