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The Court Jester Gonella

around 1440-45, Attributed to: Jean Fouquet ?



The Court Jester Gonella

The highly detailed, portrait-like depiction of the face (folds of skin, growth of beard and red eyes) requires the precise portraiture art of Jan van Eyck. Yet the painter of this portrait remained unknown until some years ago when Jean Fouquet was identified. The French painter portrayed Gonella, famous in his day as “court jester” in the service of Niccolò d‘Este, when he stopped off in Ferrara on his way to Rome.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 16

Object data

Object Name





around 1440-45

Attributed to

Jean Fouquet ? (um 1420 Tours - 1478/1481 Tours) - GND


oak wood


Overall: 36,1 cm × 23,8 cm × 0,8 cm
Framed: 42,2 cm × 30,2 cm × 4 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1840


1627 Coll. Vincenz Gonzaga, Mantua;

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