Currently on View in C207
The leather-bound books, some labeled with names of physicians like Hippocrates and Galen, as well as the skull and the fur-lined scholar’s cloak led previous owners to conclude that the figure depicted here was a doctor.
Comparison with another portrait has led to the recent recognition of the doctor as the Nuremberg city physician Volcher Coiter, and anatomist and specialist on bones. The delicate treatment of the hair and beautifully executed folds, however, exhibit a painterly preciousness regardless of identification.
Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.