November’s Artwork of the Month has been chosen by Jeanne Nuechterlein, Reader in History of Art at the University of York, and member of the FYAG committee.

This intriguing portrait of a young man, painted in 1556, featured in the exhibition  ‘Making a Masterpiece: Bouts and Beyond, 1450-2020’, which Jeanne co-curated. Here she explains why the portrait has become a firm personal favourite, despite both the sitter and artist being unknown.

Unknown Netherlandish artist, Portrait of a Man Aged 27, 1556. Oil on wood, diameter 19.3 cm. York Art Gallery.  Photo credit: York Museums Trust ©