Portrait of a Man in a Black Biretta

Perhaps made in preparation for a more finished version of the same size (which is in a private collection). The man has been identified unjustifiably with Odet de Coligny (1515 - 1571), who became a cardinal. The sitter may be an ecclesiastic or a French courtier.

The small and intimate character of this work shows the influence of portraits from the artist's native Netherlands in the 16th-century.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1533; died 1575
Full title
Portrait of a Man in a Black Biretta
Date made
possibly 1538-61
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
16.7 x 14.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander; entered the Collection in 1972
Inventory number
Location in Gallery