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Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart), A Man holding a Glove

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Full title A Man holding a Glove
Artist Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart)
Artist dates active 1508; died 1532
Date made about 1530-2
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 24.3 × 16.8 cm
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG946
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Man holding a Glove
Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart)

A bearded man gazes out intently from this painting. We don't know who the sitter is, but the cut of his beard and the fashion of his hat and clothes suggest a date towards 1530. The fact that both his doublet and gown are lined with fur probably indicates that the portrait was painted during the winter months.

The picture is rather small and was painted at great speed with immense skill; perhaps neither sitter nor artist had much time to spare. It was in the collection of King Charles I, whose CR brand is on the back. He must have thought very highly of it as he chose to place it with some of the greatest treasures of his collection in the Cabinet Room off the Privy Gallery in the Palace of Westminster.

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