Portrait of an African Man (Christophle le More?) 1525
by Jan Jansz Mostaert
This is the only known portrait of a black man in early European painting. He may have served at the Brussels court of Emperor Charles V, who had a black archer called Christophle le More among his bodyguards. The badge of the Virgin on his cap is a souvenir of a pilgrimage to Halle (Brabant), a favourite destination of pilgrims from the Brussels court.
- Courtesy of Rijksmuseum