Portrait of a Man with a Pink

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

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1500/10

Artist:

Quentin Massys
Netherlandish, 1466 - 1530

About this artwork

In the early 16th century, Antwerp experienced remarkable growth as a commercial center, and Quentin Massys was one of the most important and innovative of its many painters. In this relatively early and rather damaged portrait, he followed 15th-century tradition by employing an immobile pose, barely allowing his subject’s hands to appear above the sill of the picture frame. Yet Massys developed a distinctive and nuanced manner of modeling the face, which here conveys a strong sense of individual character. The pink, or carnation, held by the sitter could refer to matrimony or to Christ’s incarnation.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

Artist

Quentin Massys

Title

Portrait of a Man with a Pink

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1504–1514

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

43.8 × 29.2 cm (17 1/4 × 11 1/2 in.) Painted surface: 43.2 × 28.4 cm (17 × 11 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of John J. Glessner

Reference Number

1894.1025

Extended information about this artwork

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