Portrait of a Man
Michel Sittow came from Estonia. He trained as a painter in Flanders, which was a major art centre in those days. This is one of the few paintings we know by Sittow, which he probably made in his hometown of Tallinn. He painted the man’s face in great detail, with delicate wrinkles and a light beard growth. The man’s hands are resting on the edge of the painting, giving it the appearance of a windowsill – a trick that Sittow learned in Bruges from Hans Memling.
oil on panel
35.9 x 25.9 cm.
Acquisition with the support of A.W. Volz, Rembrandt Association, 1946