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Portrait of a Young Artist

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

South German

About this artwork

The youthful sitter in this portrait pauses in the midst of drawing a nude figure to shape his quill pen. On the shelf behind him are pots of paint, a shell probably used to mix pigment and binder, and a bottle of oil. It has often been assumed that this is a self-portrait, given the individualized features, like the mole on the man’s cheek, and the range of artmaking tools throughout the scene. Whether the artist depicted himself or a colleague, the presentation here leaves no doubt as to the profession of this sitter or the painter’s esteem for it.

Status

On View, Gallery 207

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

German School

Title

Portrait of a Young Artist

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1490–1510

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed over window: MN

Dimensions

45.7 × 32.8 cm (18 × 12 7/8 in.); Framed: 64.5 × 50.5 cm (25 1/2 × 19 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.77

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