barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Unknown Netherlandish Artist (16th Century)

A Portrait of an Unknown Ecclesiastic

Netherlands, about 1550

Oil on wood

66.3 x 51 cm

 

This fine portrait was previously attributed to Quentin Massys (1465/6-1530) but it is now thought to have been produced at least twenty years after his death.

The sitter is identified as an ecclesiastic by his costume: a rochet with narrow pleats and a fur almuce on his left arm.  The panel has been cut at the top and bottom and the hands were perhaps painted by a different artist.

 

Purchased 1943 (No.43.5)