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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 x 15.6 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2610
Location Not on display
Portrait of a Man holding a Glove
Corneille de Lyon
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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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