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)