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Portrait of a Man in Armor

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Portrait of a Man in Armor


Circle of Antonis Mor van Dashorst (Flemish, 1517 - 1577)






Oil on canvas

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111.1 × 80 cm (43 3/4 × 31 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

This man's armor reveals some information about him, though his name is unknown. Such a suit was designed for the "foot tourney," a combat in which two men faced one another over a wooden barrier and struck each other with a prescribed number of blows from a pike or sword. The armor was probably made in southern Germany, but officers from Austria, Spain, and parts of Italy would have sought it out. Soldiers always wore their sword on the opposite side of its primary use; thus this man's rapier, hanging from his right side, demonstrates that he is left-handed.

The artist may have adopted this three-quarter-length, three-quarter-view format from Titian, who introduced the composition in military portraits in the 1530s. As court painter to King Philip II of Spain, Mor painted many such portraits of members of the Spanish court and the Habsburg family. Mor's new style of portraiture combined austerity and formal poses with insight into his sitters' characters, conveying their humanity along with their importance.

by 1875 - 1903

Prince Giulio Centurione-Scotto (Palazzo Balduino, Genoa, Italy) [sold, Centurione-Scotto sale, Sangiorgi, Rome, April 27, 1903, lot 43.]

- 1909

Dr. Adolf Hommel (Zurich, Switzerland) [Hommel sale, J. M. Heberle, Zurich, August 20, 1909, lot 92.]

- 1978

Joseph Lazzarelli (Geneva, Switzerland), sold through Claudie Natale (Schouchana) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.


Alizeri, Federigo. Guida illustrativa del cittadino e del forestiero per la città di Genova e sue adiacenze (Genoa: Luigi Sambolino, 1875), p. 372.

G. Sangiori, Rome. Grande vente de la collection du Prince Centurione Scotto de Gênes. April 27, 1903, p. 8, lot 43, fig. 7.

J. M. Heberle, Cologne. Sammlung Dr. Adolf Hommel, Zürich. Gemälde älterer Meister. August 20, 1909, p. 44, lot 92.

Fredericksen, Burton B. "A New Portrait by Anthonis Mor." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 6/7 (1978-79), pp. 13-22, figs. 1-3.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), unpaginated, no. 27, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 89, ill.