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Portrait of a Young Man
Petrus Christus

The painting may originally have formed the left-hand part of a devotional painting.

On the wall behind the sitter is an illuminated scroll with a prayer to Saint Veronica, decorated with the type of Head of Christ which usually appears on the saint's veil.

The Greek letters for Christ (xpi) which appear in the prayer may also be intended as the painter's signature, since he uses the same abbreviation elsewhere.

Key facts
Artist Petrus Christus
Artist dates active 1444; died 1475/6
Full title Portrait of a Young Man
Date made 1450-60
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 35.4 x 26 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2593
Location in Gallery Room 63
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