Portrait of a Man in a Chaperon

Netherlandish Painter Netherlandish

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This young man wears a red turban, known as a chaperon; his attire suggests the work was painted in the 1440s. The sitter’s hands originally occupied a smaller area, but the artist adjusted their position so that they could hold a flower. The inclusion of the carnation (also known as a pink), is a sign of marital love and fidelity, suggesting that the panel originally was paired with a portrait of a woman. It is possible that it began as a standard portrait, but was changed to a betrothal portrait at the patron’s request.

Portrait of a Man in a Chaperon, Netherlandish Painter (1440–50), Oil on wood

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