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17th-century follower of Quinten Massys
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17th-century follower of Quinten Massys

A banker and his client

Details
17th-century follower of Quinten Massys
A banker and his client
oil on canvas
47 x 38¼ in. (119.3 x 97.6 cm.)
Provenance
Frederick John Lord Monson, Gatton Park, Surrey, England; (+) sale, Christie's, London, 12 May 1888, lot 11, as 'Q. Matsys' (85 gns. to Deacon on behalf of)
J.E. Scripps, Detroit, by whom given to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1889.
Literature
L. Silver, The Paintings of Quinten Massys, Oxford, 1984, pp. 213-214, under cat. no. 19.1, as a replica after a variant in Windsor Castle of a lost original by Massys.

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The subject of the present work is derived from a lost van Eyck panel seen by Marcantonio Michiel in Milan circa 1530, which Silver (loc. cit.) suggests may have been a commissioned portrait, possibly by the Bruges community of Italian financiers (such as Giovanni Arnolfini, who ordered other panels from van Eyck). For a discussion of the subject and the various known copies, see Silver (ibid.).
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