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A Donor

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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A brown-haired man, dressed in black robes trimmed with brown fur, prays over a book that rests on a raised flower bed. There are no indications of his identity, but with his turned-up nose and strongly cleft chin he looks very like Massys‘ portrait of Peter Gillis (Collection of the Earl of Radnor, Longford Castle) – it wouldn’t be surprising if the two were related. The panel is probably the left wing of a small triptych (a painting in three parts).

The National Gallery, London



A Donor


about 1520?


Oil on oak


H 68.6 x W 33 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880

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