A Benedictine Monk, ca. 1478
Hugo van der Goes (Netherlandish, active by 1467, died 1482)
Oil on wood; Overall 9 7/8 x 7 3/8 in. (25.1 x 18.7 cm), with added strip of 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) at right
Bequest of Michael Dreicer, 1921 (22.60.53)
The subject of this fragmentary panel may be a Benedictine saint or a contemporary monk; his attenuated head, the sensitive modeling of his features, and the inwardness of his expression are characteristic of Hugo's late work. The panel, which has been cut down on all sides with a strip added to the right, must originally have been part of the right wing of a triptych or of a larger devotional narrative.