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Flemish artist Sweerts - whose style calls to mind Vermeer - was as much a mystery as his subject

(Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / January 31, 2012
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This picture of a young boy in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, was painted by Michael Sweerts, a Flemish artist. Sweerts enjoyed in his lifetime about as much acclaim as an artist could hope for, but he eventually chose religion over art, and was plunged into obscurity from the time of his early death, in the 1660s, until the late 20th century.

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BOY WITH A HAT

By Michael Sweerts

At: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org