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ID number:  BIRBI-43.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Circle of Anthonis Mor van Dashorst (about 1516/19 – 1575/76)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of an unknown ecclesiastic
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Probably Antwerp
Culture:  Early Netherlandish
Date made:  1540s
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  66.3 x 51 cm
Provenance:  Hon. Mrs Gillet, Thornbury House; Agnew's Auction House; purchased from Agnew's in 1943 for £4,800.

The sitter in this fine portrait is identified as a member of the senior clergy by his costume: the rochet with narrow pleats and fur almuce on his left arm indicate he may have been a prelate or bishop. The panel has been cut down slightly at the top and bottom. Technical analysis has also revealed that the position of both hands has been changed – originally the right hand held the book – and these may have been painted by a different artist. The book, with its gold or gilded clasp, is presumably for devotional use, perhaps a book of hours or Bible.

Notes:  Exhibited: Thomas Agnew's Galleries, 'Thirty-five Masterpiecesof European Painting', London, 1946 (no.2), as 'The Chancellor Jean Carondelet' by Quinten Matsys.

1 Related People

Massys, Quentin
Early Netherlandish

2 Related Publications

Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Sewter, A. C.
Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Early Netherlandish painting
Friedländer, M. J.

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