About this artwork

Although currently not attributed, this portrait was clearly painted by a Netherlandish artist of considerable skill. On the basis of the dress, composition and execution, it can be dated to around 1520-25. It is stylistically very close to the work of Jan Gossaert (also known as Mabuse), but could possibly be an early painting by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen. The portrait has a particularly distinguished provenance. It was owned by the controversial collector and writer Richard Payne Knight before 1800, and stayed in the family. Adam Elsheimer’s 'Il Contento' (NG 2312) was also in the same collection, before it entered the National Gallery of Scotland in 1970.

Netherlandish School

Netherlandish School

If the identity of an artist who made a painting is not known, the work is often described as belonging to a national or regional school. This is because it appears to share stylistic characteristics with paintings by artists from that nation or region. So work that is similar in style to that produced by known Netherlandish artists, is said to belong to the 'Netherlandish school'.