The sitter is unidentified, but may have been a collector of note. The imitation classical relief on the left probably represents Mars and Venus with Cupid, and the statuette on the table may be a figure of Ceres, and is probably antique, as are the coins.

Probably painted in Parma before 1524, although a later date is also possible.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1503 - 1540
Full title
Portrait of a Collector
Date made
about 1523
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
89.5 x 63.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1977
Inventory number
NG6441
Location in Gallery