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French (?): 'Portrait of a Man'

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This half-length portrait of an unidentified sitter holding a paper and a pair of gloves has in the past been catalogued as Flemish and attributed to Corneille de Lyon. It is not clear whether it is French or Flemish, and may have been painted later than the 16th century, although it is unlikely to be a modern work.

X-radiographs and infra-red photographs show how the composition was altered. Originally the sitter's right hand was raised higher and it appears that he was holding an object which may have been a dagger.

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