Young Man Holding a Book

Master of the View of Saint Gudula Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

The heart-shaped book this sitter holds is probably a prayer book; he is depicted before a view of the church of Saint Gudula in Brussels, where a mass is performed by a priest in the background. It is possible this formed the right wing of a devotional diptych; as such, the shape of the book would echo the open form of two joined, arch-shaped panels.

Young Man Holding a Book, Master of the View of Saint Gudula (Netherlandish, active ca. 1485), Oil on wood

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