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Portrait of a Nobleman

Unknown


This sensitively rendered portrait captures the likeness of an unidentified Knight of St. Michael. The golden badge of the Order, which shows the Archangel slaying a dragon, is suspended by a black ribbon from his neck.

The work of this unknown painter anticipates a tendency in late 16th-century French portraiture to forsake the detailed naturalism of Clouet and Corneille de Lyon in favor of a more linear, stylized manner. Clouet's portrait of another Knight of St. Michael, François de Scepeaux, was painted just four years earlier.

To Walter Tschuppik, Vienna, by inheritance from his grandfather; {1} (Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich); acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1959 (59.24).

{1} See correspondence from Böhler to David G. Carter, dated 1 April , 1959 (IMA Archive TAB 2008.15.).

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
French
creation date
1570
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
21-1/4 x 17-5/8 in.
accession number
59.24
credit line
Given in memory of Dr. G. H. A. Clowes
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors