Portrait of a Man

Artist: Circle of Hugo van der Goes (Netherlandish, ca. 1470–75)

Medium: Oil on paper, laid down on wood

Dimensions: Overall 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (22.2 x 16.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, 2009 Benefit Fund, Hester Diamond Gift, Victor Wilbour Memorial Fund, Mary Harriman Foundation and Friends of European Paintings Gifts, Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund, Marquand and Charles B. Curtis Funds, and University Place Foundation Gift, 2010

Accession Number: 2010.118


In this closely observed portrayal of an old man, the artist pays special attention to the effects of light upon the subject’s wrinkled face. This objective realism relates closely to the work of Hugo van der Goes, especially to his paintings of the early 1470s. Surviving portraits painted with oil on paper are relatively rare. It was intended either as an independent portrait or perhaps as a preliminary study for a larger painting.