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Thans for your question! This painting is currently (spring 2017) in Japan on loan to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum


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Portrait of a Young Man of the Fonseca Family

Meester van de Vorstenportretten (in c. 1490)

The young man portrayed here holds a book in his left hand with his thumb between the pages. The family coat of arms is that of the Spanish house of Fonseca. One of the members of this family had been Governor General of the Low Countries. The meaning of the letters c and y, linked by a so-called love knot, is unclear.


Title Portrait of a Young Man of the Fonseca Family
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room H
Dimensions (general) Thickness : 2,5 cm
Height : 39 cm
Width : 29,7 cm
Makers Painter: Meester van de Vorstenportretten
previously attributed: Meester van de Magdalena-legende
previously attributed: Anonymous
Accession number 2311 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Age maker Unknown
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions De erfenis van Rogier van der Weyden (2013)
Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Meester van de Vorstenportretten

werkzaam/active Brussel circa 1490