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According to the Rijksmuseum, 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.

Portrait of an African Man, Jan Jansz Mostaert, from around 1530

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« He - for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it…  »  Virginia Woolf 

or inspire me tenderly… ;)

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1) Portrait of a young man / Vincenzo Catena
2) Piero, eldest son (Piero the Unfortunate) of Lorenzo the Magnificent
5) Portrait of a young Man / Sandro Botticelli
4) Portrait of a Courtier / Jan Mostaert