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Portrait of a Man with an Open Book - Guillaume Fillastre (?) 
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Portrait of a Man with an Open Book - Guillaume Fillastre (?) (recto)


Attributed to Rogier van der Weyden (ca.1399-1464)

Height: 44.3 cm ( frame ); Width: 34.1 cm ( frame ); Depth: 5.7 cm ( frame ); Height: 33.7 cm ( panel ); Width: 23.5 cm ( panel ); Frame size: 48.8 cm ( overall height with old iron hanging fixing attached at top centre );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
HM Government (Acceptance in Lieu); allocation; 1987

About this work
The man looks up, as if he has been interrupted from reading. The cameo in his ring, displayed in close proximity to his book, suggests an interest in antiquity and classical literature. The sitter has been identified as the important Burgundian cleric Guillaume Fillastre. The painting is inscribed ‘Je he ce que mord’ (I hate things that bite), referring to the holly painted on the reverse. However, neither plant nor motto can be associated with Fillastre. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © Accepted by HM Government in lieu of capital taxation and allocated to the Home House Society (now the Samuel Courtauld Trust) on behalf of The Courtauld Gallery, 1987.

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