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Portrait of a Man

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

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Corneille de Lyon
French, 1500/1510-1575

About this artwork

Dutch-born painter Corneille de Lyon employed a limited selection of colors to great effect in this small painting. The textured, green background accentuates the subject’s velvety black outfit, lace collar, pale skin, and bristly beard. Corneille specialized in this stylized type of small, finely painted precious portraiture, working primarily for the court and bourgeois elite of 16th-century Lyon, France, where he lived most of his life. The sitter’s exaggerated proportions direct the viewer’s attention to his head and thus to his quiet yet self-assured expression. His confident posture and expensive clothes, along with the exceptional reputation of his portraitist, speak to his high social status.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Corneille de Lyon


Portrait of a Man


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


24 × 18.5 cm (9 7/16 × 7 5/16 in.); Painted surface: 22.7 × 17.6 cm (8 15/16 × 6 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Everett D. Graff

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