A Man and his Wife

Possibly from North Italy but perhaps not by an Italian artist, this portrait is unusually intimate (it is rare for a man to be painted with his hand around his wife's neck). It was also slightly unusual for a woman to stand on her husband's right-hand side.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
A Man and his Wife
Date made
mid-1540s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, perhaps transferred from wood
Dimensions
65.4 x 73.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3117
Location in Gallery