Man with a Rosary

This picture must once have formed the right wing of a diptych (a painting on two panels, normally hinged like a book). On the left would have been a depiction of the Virgin and Child; their presence would have made sense of the direction of the man's gaze and of his pose. The corresponding painting does not seem to have survived, but there are several versions known of a composition of the Virgin and Child with a similar background, which may reflect the original partner to this portrait.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1508; died 1532
Full title
Man with a Rosary
Date made
about 1525-30
Medium and support
Oil on oak
69 x 49.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Further information

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