Portrait of a Young Man, 1517-18. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530.) National Gallery, London. | According to the National Gallery, it was once thought that the sitter was a Florentine sculptor, and that the object in his hands was a block of stone, although it resembles a book. Recently he has been identified as a patron of Sarti's whose family owned a brickworks, leading some to suggest that the book may actually be a brick. Hmmm... not sure.
This fine portrait in the tradition of Dürer and Holbein is attributed to Jan van Scorel (Dutch,1495-1562). He was trained in Amsterdam and traveled more widely than many a modern painter. Jan van Scorel was an influential Dutch painter credited with the introduction of High Italian Renaissance art to the Netherlands.