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We don‘t know the identity of the young man in this small portrait, but his clothes are those of a wealthy individual. The fur of his cuffs and collar is spotted, which is unusual in mid-fifteenth-century Netherlandish painting; it might be lynx. The laced collar of his doublet is perhaps a German rather than Netherlandish fashion.
Behind him is a blue and white striped background patterned with rain clouds. There are words in between the clouds: har las uber gan (’Lord, let it pass over'). This is presumably the sitter’s motto – though not unique to him – asking God to let trouble pass away.
perhaps about 1450
Oil on oak
H 17.8 x W 12.4 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910