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A young man seems to be reading a paper covered in elaborate writing. The document is almost certainly a letter, although the places where the name of the recipient would have appeared are concealed.
If it is not Saint Ivo, it is hard to suggest an alternative subject. If this is a portrait, it’s a totally unconventional one: fifteenth-century sitters were not shown engaged in activities in this way. It may have been part of a series or a polyptych. The composition, with the sitter looking towards the left, seems to need something to balance it on the right.
Oil on oak
H 45 x W 35 cm