Portrait of Dom Andreas Boulengier

The sitter holds a book but looks out to engage the viewer's attention. He is well-dressed, wearing a dark purplish coat with a deep collar and lining of a fur which may be lynx.

The arms on the ring worn on his left forefinger identify him as a member of the Boulengier family of Bruges and the inscriptions at the top of the painting as Dom Andreas, who may have been a Benedictine Canon. Although the portrait seems to have been painted in about 1580 when Antwerp and Bruges were under Calvinist control, not all monks were expelled from their religious houses.

Key facts

Artist dates
1545 - 1581
Full title
Portrait of Dom Andreas Boulengier
Date made
about 1580
Medium and support
Oil on oak
74.5 × 57.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander; entered the Collection in 1972
Inventory number
Location in Gallery