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Portrait of a Banker

Artist
Jean Clouet, South Netherlandish (active France), c.1485–1540/41
Date
1522
Material
Oil on panel
Place made
France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
16 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (42.5 x 32.7 cm)
framed: 23 3/4 × 20 1/8 × 2 5/8 in. (60.3 × 51.1 × 6.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
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Object Number
32:1925
NOTES
Holding a quill pen in one hand and touching 16th-century gold coins (ecus) with the other, the sitter has been identified as a banker, although no specific name has been associated with this likeness. The letters on his button, “MTRAVES,” and the insignia on his ring have also failed to provide an answer. Given that he is shown in the act of working rather than at leisure, and that there is no obvious indication of education or wealth, he was probably not a nobleman. Jean Clouet was one of the most important early French portraitists, and his sensitive modeling of this man’s face demonstrates the artist’s considerable skill.
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