About this artwork

Although currently not attributed, this portrait was clearly painted by a Netherlandish artist of considerable skill. On the basis of the dress, composition and execution, it can be dated to around 1520-25. It is stylistically very close to the work of Jan Gossaert (also known as Mabuse), but could possibly be an early painting by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen. The portrait has a particularly distinguished provenance. It was owned by the collector and writer Richard Payne Knight before 1800, and stayed in the family. Adam Elsheimer’s Il Contento was also in the same collection, before it entered the National Galleries of Scotland in 1970.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Portrait of a Man
  • date created:
    About 1520 - 1525
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    Arched top: 60.70 x 45.50 cm; Framed: 72.20 x 57.00 x 6.40 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2005 with the aid of the Art Fund
  • accession number:
    NG 2779
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Netherlandish School

Netherlandish School