A scene from the life of St Hubert appears behind the sitter. While out hunting on Good Friday, the pleasure-loving Hubert saw a stag with a vision of the crucifix between its antlers. He renounced his worldly way of life, turned to Christianity, became a bishop, then a saint. The scene is perhaps included here because the young man was called Hubert or belonged to a guild dedicated to the saint. From 1519 to 1521 Mostaert was a court painter to the Regent of the Netherlands, Margaret of Austria.


  • Title: Portrait of a Young Man
  • Creator: Jan Mostaert
  • Creator Lifespan: 1555/6
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: The Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: 1530/1540
  • tag / style: Jan Mostaert; portraiture; portrait; landscape; Dutch nobility; gloves; hat; tree; horse; stag; dog; swan; hunt; Good Friday; St Hubert; man; woman
  • Physical Dimensions: w737 x h966 cm (Without frame)
  • Artwork History: This painting was once owned by William Roscoe. Roscoe (1753-1831) was a successful Liverpool lawyer and Radical politician whose interests included history, poetry, botany, languages and art. Remarkably, he was, on the whole, a self-educated man. To find out more about Roscoe, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/collectors/williamroscoe.asp
  • Additional artwork information: This painting came from the collection of the Dutch ambassador Baron Hendrik Fagel III. When the collector William Roscoe bought it in 1813 it was said to be by the major printmaker Lucas van Leyden (about 1494-1533). Roscoe thought it was a self-portrait of the artist dressed as St Hubert. He already owned another of the artist’s self-portraits in a print of 1525. He also believed that it was mentioned in two of the books on Dutch artists that he had in his library. To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery's 13th-16th century collections, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/13c-16c/
  • Type: Oil and tempera on panel
  • Rights: Presented by Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948

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