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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.


about 1500


South German

About this artwork

The youthful sitter in this portrait pauses to sharpen his quill pen in the midst of drawing a nude figure. 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 artist’s three-quarter pose and individualized physiognomy, down to the mole on his cheek. 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.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


German School


Portrait of a Young Artist


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed over window: MN


45.7 × 32.8 cm (18 × 12 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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