Object Image

Portrait of a Man

Carefully observed details, such as the loose skin beneath the eyes and the creases by the mouth and brows, create an appearance of earnestness that is characteristic of Bouts’s work. The panel has been cut down on all sides; it is unclear whether this is an independent portrait, or if it once formed part of a religious triptych or larger composition. The hat is an unusual feature for a devotional figure, though the hands are joined in a gesture of prayer. They were painted over the man's jacket, and with time, this has resulted in a slightly darker appearance.

Credit: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

c. 1470
Oil on wood
30.5 x 21.6cm
14.40.644
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2020

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