Portrait of a Man in White

Artist: Monogrammist LAM (French, active 1568–74)

Date: 1574

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 16 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (41 x 24.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.119


In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, certain styles of breeches gave the illusion of skirted garments. Trunk hose, for instance, covered the upper part of the leg with balloon-like magnitude. Moralists attacked the stuffed trunk hose on the grounds of effeminacy, arguing that they echoed the curves of female hips. Indeed, by the early 1560s, trunk hose were so large that proclamations were passed to reduce their size.