Portrait of an African Man (Christophle le More?), Jan Jansz Mostaert, c. 1525 - c. 1530

Portrait of an African Man (Christophle le More?), Jan Jansz Mostaert, c. 1525 - c. 1530

oil on panel, h 30.8cm × w 21.2cm. More details

This is the only known portrait of a black man in early European painting. He may have served at the Brussels court of Emperor Charles V, who had a black archer called Christophle le More among his bodyguards. The badge of the Virgin on his cap is a souvenir of a pilgrimage to Halle (Brabant), a favourite destination of pilgrims from the Brussels court.

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