Portrait of a Man with His Hand on His Chest

Attributed to Corneille de Lyon Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

A young gentleman gazes directly at the viewer, the corners of his mouth turned up in the hint of a smile. Fashionably dressed in a black tunic and cap, he raises his left hand to his chest, his thumb and index finger brushing the garment’s fastening. This portrait is consistent in style with those produced by the prolific Lyon-based artist Corneille de la Haye or Corneille de Lyon. Although the identity of this sitter remains unknown, he nevertheless was likely a member of the upper echelons of Lyonnais society whose ranks form the subjects of Corneille’s many portraits.

Portrait of a Man with His Hand on His Chest, Attributed to Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, active by 1533, died 1575), Oil on wood, Netherlandish

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