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Devotional portrait of a man with the hand of a patron saint

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 526
Name Devotional portrait of a man with the hand of a patron saint
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (painting)
Short description Painting showing the head of a devotional portrait with the hand of a saint in the upper left corner
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1425-1475
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Ouwater, Albert van
Original institution(s)
Still in original institution? no
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function unknown
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [864] unknown man (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Name
Composition of the commissioning party
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Material(s)
  • wood (panel)
Specification oil on panel
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 10 x 9 x 0
Completeness Incomplete: a fragment. The portrait was cut from a larger work/ensemble. In view of the fact that the head of the man is turned to the right, it is probable that his portrait was placed to the left of a religious scene.
Condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel and Norfolk, London (until d. 1646); his widow, Lady Alatheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel, Amsterdam (1646–d. 1654); Henry Thomas Howard-Molyneux-Howard, Greystoke Castle, Penrith, Cumberland (until d. 1824); Henry Howard, Greystoke Castle (by 1858–d. 1875); Henry Charles Howard, Greystoke Castle (until 1909); J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (from 1909); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (since 1917, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan).
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Ainsworth, M.W.; Christiansen, K., From Van Eyck to Brueghel: early Netherlandish painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York 1998), 156, 158-159
  • Berg, A. van den, "Bit voer die ziel": Wat kunnen technische gegevens duidelijk maken over de wandel van memorietafels door de eeuwen heen ( 1995)
  • Châtelet, A., Early Dutch painting: painting in the Northern Netherlands in the fifteenth century (Lausanne 1988), 209
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Single piece (front) of [526] Devotional portrait of a man with the hand of a patron saint

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Head of a devotional portrait of a man with the hand of a saint in the upper left corner
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 10 x 9 x 0
Date
Year 1425-1475
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification date based on stylistic analysis
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Collection European Paintings
Collection identifier 17.190.22
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Ouwater, Albert van
Attribution
  • style
Specification attribution(s) on stylistic grounds
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait unknown (context is lost)
Portrait of
Name unknown man
Sex male
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture uncertain/cannot be determined
Manner of portrayal The hand in the upper left corner seems to indicate that a saint is standing immediately behind the portrayed man. This would imply that the man was depicted kneeling.
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description alb or surplice?
Attributes
Attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The fragment merely shows the man's head and part of his upper body. Based on his clothing, the man was probably a member of the clergy.

Saint Portraits

Indication of the part
Indication of the part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait Behind or near the portrayed person(s)
Specification of saint
Name unknown saint
Sex unknown
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
Specification
Gesture
  • no longer visible
Specification
Posture standing
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Only the hand of the saint is visible

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 864
Personal details
Name unknown man
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • clothing of the portrayed person
Specification probably a member of the clergy
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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