The man in this picture looks very proud and intelligent. As seen in the picture, he is writing showing that he is a scholarly man. Because this painting was done during the Renaissance, men were expected to be great scholars and well experience in the arts. This painting depicts a man who is proficient in the art of writing, maybe poetry. The artist, Jan Gossaert, originated from the Netherlands and brought a new trend to the art world. His journey to Italy in 1508 with Phillip of Burgundy led to a revolution in Neverlandish art with his new painting ideas and trends. Gossaert’s style combined Flemish figures and Italianized architectural elements and classical poses. Royal commissions sent him to Brussels, Maines, and Utrecht and he even was hired to decorate Phillip of Burgundy’s castle. He produced many Madonna and Child paintings as well as portraits.