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Jan Gossaert: 'Damião de Goes (?)'

The subject of this portrait is unidentified, but he wears expensive clothes with different types of fur and velvet and two gold rings. His gloves also indicate high status. The portrait is unusually small and seems to have been speedily painted with immense skill. This may suggest neither artist nor sitter had very much time to spare.

The back of the panel is branded with the letters CR surmounted by a crown, which signifies that the work belonged to King Charles I.


 
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