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Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden: 'A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?)'

The painting, was perhaps the left-hand part of a small devotional painting. It once bore a later inscription identifying the subject as Saint Ivo (1253 - 1303), the patron saint of lawyers and advocate of the poor. The saint was most popular in his native Brittany. The paper held by the sitter resembles a legal document, which would be appropriate for Saint Ivo, or it may be a portrait, perhaps of a lawyer.


 
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