Simon Bening, self-portrait

Simon Bening, self-portrait

Simon Bening (1483-1561)
Self-portrait
Dated 1558
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to an oak panel
Inscribed below the portrait in Latin 'Simon Bening. Son of Alexander/Painted by himself in his 75 year/1558'
Museum no. P.159-1910
Salting Bequest

Simon Bening was a Netherlandish miniature painter. He trained in his father 's workshop in Ghent and later worked in Bruges. On his easel is a picture of the Virgin and Child.