Lucas Cranach The Younger
1515 – 1586
Nicolas de Neufchâtel 1539 – 1573, Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman
This very attractive Renaissance portrait can be attributed with some confidence to Nicolas Neufchâtel, one of the leading portrait painters working in Germany in the 1560s and early 1570s. The use of a simple yet dignified pose, the sober but rich display of material wealth, and the clear plasticity of form heightened by a strong lighting effect against a monochrome background – all visible in our painting – are usual features of the artist’s manner.