The sitter in this painting has not been identified. The presence of the books as well as the prominent sword suggest why the good breeding of the sitter is stressed in the traditional Italian title, 'Il gentile cavaliere'. The fashionable costume, which apparently has French and Spanish characteristics, suggests the approximate date of execution.
1520/4 - 1579
Portrait of a Left-Handed Gentleman with Two Quartos and a Letter ('Il Gentile Cavaliere')
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
100.4 x 81.2 cm
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Location in Gallery