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Portrait of a Man

Continental Painter (ca. 1550)

Medium:
Oil on card
Dimensions:
Overall 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (43 x 38 mm); feigned oval portrait 1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (32 x 28 mm)
Classification:
Miniatures
Credit Line:
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1880
Accession Number:
80.3.180
  • Catalogue Entry

    Forthcoming

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: (around portrait, in black) EN TIBI CALVITIEM VENERANDI OSTENDO MEIONIS IVRIS QVI IGNAROS NVNC RVDIMENTA DOCET; (bottom edge, partially illegible) [?5 or Ao] 68

  • Provenance

    Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York (until 1880)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 237.

  • References

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hand-Book No. 8: . . Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries. [New York], [1895], p. 15, no. 180, as by an unknown artist.

    Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 181, no. 237, ill., state that "although the miniature has been classified as French, it might be from a Northern European country, probably one that had adopted the reformed religion, since the austere costume is in keeping with the standards of Geneva".



  • Notes

    This is an early eaxample of an oil miniature.

    The inscription, which indicates that it represents a respected teacher, may be translated: "Behold, I display my baldness to you, venerable sir, who now teaches the ignorant the rudiments of the law of [Meionis]". The last word has yet to be explained.

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