Portrait of a Young Man

Jan Mostaert, Between about 1520 and 1540

WAG 1018

About this object

In 1519 Mostaert was appointed court painter at Malines to Margaret of Austria, Governess of the Netherlands. He produced for her mainly portraits of the royal family. However, most of his known pictures are of lesser members of the Dutch nobility, as is probably this portrait.

He favoured a reserved, dignified portrait style. He was also a good landscape painter, rendering his backgrounds in minute detail. In the background of this piece appears the conversion of St Hubert, who, while hunting on a holy day saw a stag with a crucifix between its horns. The young man in the painting may have been called Hubert.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Portrait of a Young Man with the conversion of St Hubert
  • Artist(s)
    Jan Mostaert (Dutch, born:about 1475, died:1555/56)
  • Date
    Between about 1520 and 1540
  • Materials
    Mixed technique; Hard wood panel
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 96.6 cm x 73.7 cm
  • Physical description
    Portrait of a young man at lower right. He is slightly turned and looking to the left. Figures, horses and dogs in the background on the left with two trees, and also a prominent white stag with a crucifix between its horns. In the centre there is a castle with a road winding through the middle of the composition.
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution (Previous owner); Jan Mostaert (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1018
  • Credit line
    Transferred to the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 01
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1948
    Disposal method: Transferred to the Walker Art Gallery
Object view = Fine Art
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