Head of a Donor

Albert van Ouwater Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

This portrait was cut from a larger religious work, probably in an attempt to make it more commercially appealing on the art market. Originally, the man would have been kneeling in prayer, perhaps before a devotional scene or holy figures. His garments, a fur-trimmed cassock and pleated surplice, indicate that he is a priest. The wrinkles and folds of flesh are characteristic of Ouwater’s heads.

Head of a Donor, Albert van Ouwater (Netherlandish, ca. 1410/15–1475), Oil on wood

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