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Corneille de Lyon, Portrait of a Man holding a Glove

Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Man holding a Glove
Artist Corneille de Lyon
Artist dates active 1533; died 1575
Date made about 1550
Medium and support Oil on walnut
Dimensions 19.2 × 15.6 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2610
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Portrait of a Man holding a Glove
Corneille de Lyon

We do not know who the man in this small portrait is. He seems to be in his thirties. He’s dressed in what might be black silk and he holds a pale brown glove in one hand. His clothes, the style of his hair and beard, and the angle of his hat suggest a date of around 1550.

In the early twentieth century he was identified as Antoine de Bourbon (1518–1562), King of Navarre. There are several drawn and painted portraits of Antoine; the resemblance to this man seems very general, although the condition of this portrait makes any identification or accurate description problematic.

Technical analysis revealed no underdrawing (the preliminary outlining of a composition). Unlike contemporary artists Corneille de Lyon did not accumulate a stock of drawings to be copied and circulated. The portraits associated with him rarely show signs of underdrawing and may have been painted from life.

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