Œuvre invitée ?- Guest Work
Oeuvre Invitée | Guest Work is an initiative through which masterworks of important public and private collections get invited to the MNHA, promoting the dialogue with the museum's own permanent exhibition. Painted in 1591, the year in which Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569-1622) became a master in the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke at the early age of 22, the work An Unknown Man Aged 56 is arguably one of the finest Netherlandish portraits of the late 16th century and of the best heads the artist every painted. It once formed part of on one of the greatest collections ever assembled, that of Elector Lothar Franz von Schönborn (1655-1729) at Schloß Weissenstein in Pommersfelden, Germany. There it hung in the great gallery with its pendant, the Portrait of a Lady Aged 54, now in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.