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Workshop of Quinten Massys, A Donor

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Full title A Donor
Artist Workshop of Quinten Massys
Artist dates 1465/6 - 1530
Date made about 1520
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 68.7 × 30.8 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number NG1081
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Donor
Workshop of Quinten Massys

A brown-haired man, dressed in black robes trimmed with brown fur, prays over a book that rests on a raised flower bed. There are no indications of his identity, but with his turned-up nose and strongly cleft chin he looks very like Quinten Massys‘ portrait of Peter Gillis (Collection of the Earl of Radnor, Longford Castle) – it wouldn’t be surprising if the two were related. The panel is probably the left wing of a small triptych (a painting in three parts).

The landscape is somewhat in the style of Joachim Patinir. Its underdrawing seems to have been done by one artist, while another – perhaps even two others – painted it, making radical changes. The middle ground and figures are perhaps the work of one of Massys' assistants, while the distant landscape and principal figure may well have been by Massys himself.

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