Derived from the foreground Elder in Guercino's 'Susannah and the Elders' (Prado, Madrid), painted in 1617 for Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi. It is an old copy, possibly of the 17th-century, and varies from the original only in showing the figure with a lamp in place of a staff. A number of other copies are known.

This work appears to be by an Italian artist (which suggests that it was probably painted before Guercino's original was sent to Spain in 1664).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1591 - 1666
Full title
A Bearded Man holding a Lamp
Date made
1617-64
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
119.7 x 85.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Turner Bequest, 1856
Inventory number
NG5537
Location in Gallery