Portrait of a Nobleman

Creation date
oil on panel
21-1/4 x 17-5/8 in.
Credit line
Given in memory of Dr. G. H. A. Clowes
Accession number
Currently On View

This sensitively rendered portrait captures the likeness of an unidentified Knight of St. Michael. The golden badge of the Order, which shows the Archangel slaying a dragon, is suspended by a black ribbon from his neck.

The work of this unknown painter anticipates a tendency in late 16th-century French portraiture to forsake the detailed naturalism of Clouet and Corneille de Lyon in favor of a more linear, stylized manner. Clouet's portrait of another Knight of St. Michael, François de Scepeaux, was painted just four years earlier.

To Walter Tschuppik, Vienna, by inheritance from his grandfather; {1} (Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich); acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1959 (59.24).

{1} See correspondence from Böhler to David G. Carter, dated 1 April , 1959 (IMA Archive TAB 2008.15.).
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