UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active 1490s in Nuremberg)

Portrait of a Man

1491
Oil on linden panel, 37 x 20 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This portrait derives from a composition developed by Dieric Bouts the Elder in his 1462 Portrait of a Man. The formula circulated through drawings and painted versions in southern Germany.

The present work can be connected to Nuremberg through stylistic comparisons with paintings created in Nuremberg. A possible candidate for authorship could be the Nuremberg portrait painter Jakob Elsner (c. 1460-1517).




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