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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:

about 1500

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 207

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

German School

Title

Portrait of a Young Artist

Origin

Germany

Date

1490–1510

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed over window: MN

Dimensions

18 × 12 7/8 in. (45.7 × 32.8 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.77

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