A Young Man at Prayer

This portrait of an unidentified young man at prayer is likely to have formed the left-hand side of a small devotional picture. The open book, probably a Book of Hours or other devotional book, suggests that after a period of prayer and meditation the young man has looked up to see a vision of the object of his devotions, perhaps the Virgin and Child, which may have been shown in the right-hand panel.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1465; died 1494
Full title
A Young Man at Prayer
Date made
mid 1470s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
39 x 25.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2594
Location in Gallery