UNKNOWN MASTER, French
(active in 1490s in northern France)
A Knight of the Golden Fleecec. 1495
Oil on walnut, 68 x 54 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
The sitter's name is unknown, but he can be identified as a member of the nobility by the fleece attached to the gold chain around his neck. This is the insignum of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the chivalric order founded in 1430 by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. The pose of the sitter suggests that this portrait was one of a pair that included a depiction of the sitter's wife.