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Portrait of a Man

Previously attributed to Bruges Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula, Flemish, b. 15th century
Previously attributed to Hans Memling (AKA Jean Memling; Hans Mamline; Hans Memmelingue), Flemish, (1430–August 11, 1494)

Creation date: ca. 1480-1490
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1947.1
State/Province: West Flanders
Dimensions: 12 1/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. (30.64 cm x 20.96 cm)


Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, New York ( - 1927)

Duke of Anhalt, Dessau, Saxony-Anhal, Germany ( - )

Viewag, Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany ( - before 1930)

Duveen Bros., New York, New York ( - )

William Goldman, New York, New York ( - 1939)

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York ( - 1947)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California ( - April 30, 1947)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 30, 1947 - )

Label Copy

This painting was identified as the work of Hans Memling when given to the Museum, and while that attribution can no longer be sustained, there is no consensus among special¬ists regarding which painter might actually be responsible for the portrait. The man’s clothing points to a date in the 1480s, and his hairstyle is one generally seen in Italian rather than Netherlandish portraits, suggesting that the sitter may have been one of the many Italian merchants living in Bruges, a principal trading center in 15th-century Europe.
Last Updated: 9/26/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

5 year loan to the new Timken Art Gallery , 9/2/1965 - 9/2/1970

Hans Memling: Five Centuries of Fact and Fiction City of Bruges Municipal Museums , 8/12/1994 - 11/15/1994

The Art of Conservation: Preserving the Past for a New Millennium Timken Museum of Art , 10/15/1999 - 3/5/2000

Art of Portraits The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/27/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 135, Figure Number: 135

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 101-102, 103, Figure Number: 103

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 35, 39, Figure Number: 39

Agnes Mongan and Elizabeth Mongan. European Paintings in The Timken Art Gallery: Putnam Foundation. San Diego, California, 1969
Page Number: 48, 49, 115, Figure Number: 15

Dirk De Vos. Hans Memling: Ludion. Belgium, 1994
Page Number: 220, Figure Number: 81

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 197

William Wyatt Davenport. Art Treasures in the West Lane Magazine & Book Company. Menlo Park, California, 1966
Page Number: 97, Figure Number: 97

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