Portrait of a Man (Jan van Winckele?)

The painting is dated 1462 in the simulated carved inscription in the background. It is the earliest dated painting by Bouts and the earliest surviving dated Netherlandish portrait to include a view through a window, although such views were included in Netherlandish paintings with religious subjects.

It has been suggested that the sitter's plain style of clothing is connected with the University of Louvain, whose statutes of the time suggest that students dress in 'clerical' garments. Jan van Winckele was made Notary to the Conservator of the Privileges of the University in 1462 and the portrait may have been painted to commemorate this occasion.

Key facts

Artist dates
1400? - 1475
Full title
Portrait of a Man (Jan van Winckele?)
Date made
Medium and support
Oil with egg tempera on oak
31.6 x 20.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery