Portrait of a Man, ca. 1520–25
Jan Gossart (called Mabuse) (Netherlandish, ca. 1478–1532)
Oil on wood; 18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.62)
This painting is the only independent portrait by Gossart that is signed. The composition, which shows the sitter turned to the left in a three-quarter pose against a dark background, derives from the portraiture tradition of Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. Like his predecessors, Gossart paid careful attention to minute details such as the stubble of the beard and the individually painted hairs of the eyebrows. Gossart's innovation is the sculptural manner in which he treated the face.