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Portrait of Francisco de los Cobos y Molina

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Portrait of Francisco de los Cobos y Molina


Jan Gossaert (Netherlandish, about 1478 - 1532)




about 1530–1532


Oil on panel

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43.8 × 33.7 cm (17 1/4 × 13 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

Francesco de los Cobos y Molina, the powerful secretary and chief financial advisor to Emperor Charles V, poses in front of a swath of drapery, looking warily out at the viewer. Previously unidentified, two clues have led to Francesco's identification as the portrait's subject: the red cross emblazoned on his doublet and the gem-encrusted jewel in the shape of a scallop shell. Both are emblems of the chivalric Order of Santiago, Saint James the Greater.

As an artist to several courts, Jan Gossaert traveled widely throughout Europe and became one of the first painters to disseminate the Italian Renaissance style in the Netherlands. In this painting, Gossaert combines psychological insight, keen observation of form, and a facility for imitating surface textures to create a portrait that is both imposing and believable.

- 1911

Prof. Odilon Lannelongue, 1840 - 1911 (Castéra-Verduzan, France), by bequest to the Musée Lannelongue, 1911.

1911 - 1986

Musée Lannelongue (Castéra-Verduzan, France), museum closed 1938; restituted to the Lannelongue heirs, 1986.


Heirs of Prof. Odilon Lannelongue, 1840 - 1911 [sold, Lannelongue sale, Briscadieu, Auch-en-Gascogne, December 7, 1986, lot 108, to Edward Speelman, Ltd.]

1987 - 1988

Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (June 17, 2003 to February 22, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 17 to September 7, 2003
Faces of Power and Piety: Portraiture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (August 12 to October 26, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 12 to October 26, 2008
Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance (October 5, 2010 to May 30, 2011)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), October 5, 2010 to January 17, 2011
  • The National Gallery (London), February 23 to May 30, 2011

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