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Portrait of a Man Holding a Rosary
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Portrait of a Man Holding a Rosary

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Description The unforgiving, linear rendering of the man's face suggests the influence of Quentin Metsys (1466-1530), the leading painter in Antwerp during the early decades of the century. The fact that the sitter chose to be portrayed fingering his red coral rosary beads suggests that piety was important to his sense of identity. He may also have been superstitious: coral was not only beautiful and expensive, it was believed to protect against evil.
Date Description Narrative
10/25/1942Treatmentcleaned; coated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
1/13/2005Examinationexamined for condition
4/25/2005Treatmentcoated; cradle removed; filled; inpainted; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1909 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1909

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1510-1520 (Renaissance)
oil on panel (oak)
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
15 3/8 x 13 3/16 in. (39 x 33.5 cm)


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