Inscription: Dated and inscribed: (left of sitter's head) ·1545·; (right of sitter's head) ·63·
[Rosenbaum, Amsterdam, in 1935, as by the Master of the 1540s]; George Blumenthal, Paris (before d. 1941); Dr. Ernst Schwarz, New York (by 1944–d. 1957; ?his heirs until 1959; sale, Christie's, London, June 26, 1959, no. 42, "The Property of a Gentleman formerly in the Collection of the late Dr. Ernst Schwarz," for 1,500 gns. to "Leadbeater" [Linsky]; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Linsky, New York (1959–his d. 1980); The Jack and Belle Linsky Foundation, New York (1980–82)
Detroit Institute of Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Early Dutch Paintings," February 1944, no. 26 (as by Jan Vermeyen, lent by Dr. Ernst Schwarz).
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Five Centuries of Dutch Art," March 9–April 9, 1944, no. 20 (as by Jan Vermeyen, lent by Ernst Schwarz).
THIS WORK MAY NOT BE LENT, BY TERMS OF ITS ACQUISITION BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
Max J. Friedländer. Die altniederländische Malerei. Vol. 13, Anthonis Mor und seine Zeitgenossen. Leiden, 1936, p. 163, no. 252, assigns this portrait along with a number of others bearing dates from the same decade to an anonymous artist he names the Master of the 1450s, an artistic personality that has not been taken up subsequently by art historians.
Max J. Friedländer et al. Early Netherlandish Painting. Vol. 13, Antonis Mor and His Contemporaries. New York, 1975, p. 94, no. 252, pl. 125.
Guy C. Bauman inThe Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, p. 82, no. 27, ill. (color).
From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Maryan W. Ainsworth and Keith Christiansen. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, p. 410, ill.