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Associate of Corneille de Lyon, Portrait of a Man holding a Scroll and Gloves

Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Man holding a Scroll and Gloves
Artist Associate of Corneille de Lyon
Artist dates active 1533; died 1575
Date made probably about 1550
Medium and support Oil on limewood
Dimensions 39.7 × 29.5 cm
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG947
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Portrait of a Man holding a Scroll and Gloves
Associate of Corneille de Lyon

A middle-aged man with a luxuriant beard gazes past us into the distance. He holds a scroll in one hand and lays the other across a pair of brown leather gloves which rest on a table. His black hat has lappets, turned up and fastened to the brim; in cold weather they could have been let down over the ears and tied under the chin.

We don't know who the man is, though a very similar portrait of him, minus the hands, is in the Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco. The clothes and the cut of the beard indicate that this was probably painted in around 1550.

Technical analysis reveals that the right hand and scroll are painted on top of an area that was partially scraped out; the original hand is still present, higher than the visible hand and clutching a different object. Oddly, the hands seem to have been painted by different artists.

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