The sitter has not been identified. He holds a palette and brushes, and is thus almost certainly a painter. This was once thought to be a self-portrait of the painter Benedetto Gennari (1633 - 1715) but there seems no reason for this attribution. It has subsequently been catalogued as Emilian School, but even this is tentative. A date of about 1650 seems likely.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Portrait of a Painter
Date made
about 1650
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
64.1 x 51.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number
NG2106
Location in Gallery