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Attributed to German School , Portrait of the Emperor Ferdinand I[?]

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Title Portrait of the Emperor Ferdinand I[?]
Alternative Title Archduke Ferdinand of Austria (1503-1564); Emperor Charles V
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Attributed to German School
Date Earliest possibly about 1515
Date Latest possibly about 1600
Description Bust-length portrait of a young beardless man with straight dark hair cut to the neck, long straight nose, lips parted, pointed chin, smooth skin; face seen from the left and looking to the proper left. He wears a broad-rimmed hat decorated with faceted aglets and a circular hat badge. Over a fur-trimmed coat lies the collar and pendant jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Behind, mid-distance, to the left, a walled fort with round tower and various turrets with steeply-pitched roofs; to the right, several tents of a military encampment; beyond, an expanse of water, with more buildings along the horizon, left; and towers of a castle on a hill, right. Arched top.
Current Accession Number PC.69
Former Accession Number 122
Subject portrait
Measurements 35.5 x 46.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell MacDonald 1967.
Provenance Stirling-Maxwell collection, Keir House, by 1893.
Publications Hofstede de Groot, C., 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', Oud Holland, 11, 1893, p. 227 (Keir House), as of Charles V; Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 71, no. 122, as 'a late copy of a 16th-century picture'; Auld, A. A., The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Glasgow, c. 1970, p. 40. no. 69, as German School.
Notes Arched top. The facial features of the subject are close to those of both Charles V (e.g. portrait by Bernard van Orley, c. 1515, Musée du Louvre, Paris), and his younger brother Ferdinand of Austria (e.g. portrait by Hans Maler, c. 1520, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). However, the identity has been proposed as Ferdinand I on the basis of the hatbadge (P. Matthews 1999, letter on file).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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