Portrait of a Man with a High Hat

French Painter (dated 1570)

Oil on wood
9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (24.4 x 19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Dated and inscribed (top): Ao ·1570· ·ÆTs·SVE [VE in monogram] ·32·

  • Provenance

    Michael Friedsam, New York (by 1926–d. 1931; as by Corneille de Lyon)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. F. Kleinberger Galleries. "Loan Exhibition of French Primitives and Objects of Art," October 17–November 12, 1927, no. 76 (as by Corneille de Lyon, lent by Michael Friedsam).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Michael Friedsam Collection," November 15, 1932–April 9, 1933, no catalogue.

  • References

    Louis Réau. "Une collection de primitifs français en Amérique." Gazette des beaux-arts, 5th ser., 13 (January 1926), ill. p. 3, as a work of Corneille de Lyon.

    Louis Réau in Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of French Primitives. Exh. cat., New York. New York, 1927, p. 164, no. 76, ill., as by Corneille de Lyon.

    Louis Réau in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 186.

    Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), p. 14, no. 13, groups it under the heading, "Other Corneille de Lyon Portraits".

    Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 481, no. 1281, ill. p. 480.

    Charles Sterling. "XV–XVIII Centuries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of French Paintings. 1, Cambridge, Mass., 1955, p. 58, ill., catalogues it as by an "Unknown Painter, 1570"; observes that the artist was certainly influenced by Corneille de Lyons, though one need not assume that the picture was painted in Lyons as Corneille's influence was already widespread by 1570, the inscribed date.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History