Portrait of a Man with a Gold Chain

Attributed to Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, The Hague, active by 1533–died 1575 Lyons)
Oil on wood
5 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. (13.3 x 11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
Georges, comte de Montbrison, château de Saint-Roch, near Auvillar, France; [Kleinberger, New York, until 1923]; Michael Friedsam, New York (1923–d. 1931)
New York. F. Kleinberger Galleries. "Loan Exhibition of French Primitives and Objects of Art," October 17–November 12, 1927, no. 77 (as "Portrait of a Beardless Man," by Corneille de Lyon, lent by Colonel M. Friedsam).

Louis Réau in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 187, as by Corneille.

E. M. Sperling. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Flemish Primitives. Exh. cat., F. Kleinberger Galleries, Inc., New York. New York, 1929, p. 166, no. 77, ill., as by Corneille, from the collection of the Count de Montbrizon, Château de St. Roch, France.

Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), p. 14.

Charles Sterling. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of French Paintings. Vol. 1, XV–XVIII Centuries. Cambridge, Mass., 1955, pp. 36–37, ill., as by Corneille; notes that a gold chain often indicates the office of groom of the king's chamber, or "valet de chambre du roi," and observes that the costume suggests the period between 1550–60; comments on the sitter's resemblance to François de Vendôme, Prince of Chabanais and Vidame of Chartres, who died in 1560, of whom a chalk drawing exists in the Musée Condé, Chantilly (see E. Moreau-Nélaton, Les crayons de Chantilly, 1907, vol. 1, pl. 68).

Anne Dubois de Groër. Corneille de La Haye dit Corneille de Lyon. Paris, 1996, p. 196, no. 103, ill. , dates it about 1565 and considers it one of Corneille's latest male portraits; believes the characteristic haircut of the subject justifies the association of this portrait with a drawing in the Cabinet des Estampes (Adhémar no. 87).

The subject wears a gold chain, which often indicates the office of groom of the king's chamber—valet de chambre de roi. His costume suggests the period between 1550 and 1560. He somewhat resembles François de Vendôme, Prince of Chabanais and Vidame of Chartres, who died in 1560 (see his portrait in chalk, about 1550, in E. Moreau-Nélaton, Les Crayons de Chantilly, 1907, I, pl. LXVIII).