Olga's Gallery

Rogier van der Weyden


Portrait of Francesco d'Este.

c.1460. Oil on panel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Read Note.

Rogier van der Weyden. Portrait of Francesco d'Este.

Francesco d’Este (ca.1430-after 1475) had come from Ferrata to the Burgundian court, where he grew up with the duke’s son Charles the Bold. The meaning of the hammer and ring has not been explained, but they are probably symbols of some office, perhaps that of the judge of a tournament. His coat of arms is painted on the reverse of the panel