Portrait of a Man Wearing a High Red Cap

ca. 1470

Mixed technique on oakwood
Inv. No. 945

42 × 31 cm

zur  Biographie

Hans Memling came from Seligenstadt am Main but settled in Bruges while still a young man, where he quickly became a much-sought-after painter of altarpieces and devotional images. From the beginning, however, he also devoted himself to portrait painting, effectively becoming the “fashionable portraitist” of the late fifteenth-century Netherlands. The restrained composure and somewhat ceremonial quality of Memling’s portrait of an unknown man at the Städel suggest an early dating of around 1470.

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