PICKENOY, Nicolaes Eliasz.
(b. 1588, Amsterdam, d. 1654/56, Amsterdam)

Man with a Celestial Globe

Oil on wood, 105 x 76 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The authorship of this unsigned portrait had been debated. However, recently it has been recognized as a work by Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy. The celestial globe in the painting may refer to the man's profession, or to an amateur interest in astronomy.