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A Man holding a Glove

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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A bearded man gazes out intently from this painting. We don't know who the sitter is, but the cut of his beard and the fashion of his hat and clothes suggest a date towards 1530. The fact that both his doublet and gown are lined with fur probably indicates that the portrait was painted during the winter months.

The picture is rather small and was painted at great speed with immense skill; perhaps neither sitter nor artist had much time to spare. It was in the collection of King Charles I, whose CR brand is on the back. He must have thought very highly of it as he chose to place it with some of the greatest treasures of his collection in the Cabinet Room off the Privy Gallery in the Palace of Westminster.

The National Gallery, London

London


Date

about 1530-2

Medium

Oil on oak

Measurements

H 24.3 x W 16.8 cm

Accession number

NG946

Acquisition method

Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876

Work type

Painting


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