Portrait of an Unknown Man with a Letter

Hans MemlingAround 1485 - Around 1489

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery
Florence, Italy

The identity of this man with a letter in his hand against an open background is unknown. Due to the numerous commissions received from the wealthy Italian community - mainly Tuscan merchants and bankers - who lived in Bruges during that period, it could be a member of the Florentine colony, perhaps a member of the Portinari family. On arriving in Italy the panel was mentioned in the Corsini collection. Ceded to Hitler, it was exhibited in the Museum of Linz. It was among the artworks recovered by Rodolfo Siviero and was returned to Italy in 1950.


  • Title: Portrait of an Unknown Man with a Letter
  • Creator: Hans Memling Memling
  • Date Created: Around 1485 - Around 1489
  • Style: Flamish Renaissance/ Portrait
  • Provenance: The Corsini collection in Florence
  • Physical Dimensions: w250 x h350 mm
  • Original Title: L'uomo con la lettera
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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