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Portrait of a Scholar, ca. 1560

Artist: Corneille de Lyon (follower of), French, ca. 1500 - ca. 1574

Medium: Oil on wood panel

Painting: 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (26 x 19.7 cm)
Frame: 14 3/8 x 11 7/8 in. (36.5 x 30.2 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss

Object Number: 61.183

Not on view

Lord Somers, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, England; A Member of the Somers Family, London, England, 1952; Newhouse Galleries, New York, New York, 1955; Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss, Memphis, Tennessee, 1961
This work was made by a close follower of Corneille de Lyon (1500/10-1575). The artist made a career of painting portraits of the nobility at the French royal court. De Lyon’s remarkably realistic style was very popular. He employed several assistants in his workshop to produce portraits. Unfortunately neither de Lyon nor his employees signed their works, and as a result it is hard to separate the master’s hand from that of his followers. However, this painting lacks the intensity and fine finish of some of the most famous works associated with Corneille de Lyon himself.