Young Man with a Rosary

Adriaen Isenbrandt (Flemish, c.1490-1551)
Oil on canvas, transferred to panel 
16-3/4 x 12-1/2 in. (42.5 x 31.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

One of the more enigmatic sixteenth-century Flemish painters influenced by Gerard David (whose work may be viewed to the right), Adriaen Isenbrandt produced a body of work that is typified by small-scale, wistful portraits and devotional images. In this painting, the sitter appears against a neutral green background holding a rosary decorated with bells. This bust-length portrait probably formed the right wing of a diptych that when open, presented the sitter facing a devotional image of the Virgin and Christ Child—more specifically the Virgin of the Rosary—to whom he would appear to be repeating prayers. The condition of the work has suffered as a result of several transfers: from panel to canvas, then back to panel.


[Paul Cassirer, Berlin, in 1921.]
[Julius Böhler & Steinmeyer, Lucerne, Switzerland, sold 1923 to;]
[Kleinberger Gallery, New York, sold 1923 for $6,250 to;]
Albert J. Kobler (1876-1936), presumably by descent to his family;
John Kobler, Westport Connecticut, J. S. Kobler, New York, Mrs. Edward A. Westfall (formerly Mrs. A. J. Kobler, d. by 1943), New York, sold by the two sons October 1947 to;
[Duveen Brothers, New York, sold 1965 to;]
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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