Portrait of a Man with a Pink
Tempera on panel
10 3/4 x 15 inches (273 x 381 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907
This is one of the finest paintings in the Morgan collection. The sitter may have been a member of the Italian merchant colony in Bruges, where Memling was the leading painter. The pink, or carnation, in the young man's hand is likely a symbol of betrothal, suggesting that the painting may be one of a pair of wedding portraits.