Portrait of a Man Wearing a High Red Cap
Mixed technique on oakwood
Inv. No. 945
42 × 31 cm
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.