The sitter holds a sword and is elegantly dressed.

The painting is inscribed top right as the work of Catharina, the daughter of the painter Jan van Hemessen, who worked at Antwerp, the leading centre of artistic activity in the Low Countries at this period. The small size format of the painting is characteristic of her work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1527/8 - after 1566?
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
possibly 1552
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
36.2 x 29.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1878
Inventory number
NG1042
Location in Gallery