Attributed to Lucas de Heere (Ghent, Belgium, ca. 1534–ca. 1584)
Triple Profile Portrait, ca. 1570
Oil on slate 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (57.15 x 57.15 cm)
The figures outfitted in fashionable costume are men. Scholars have only recently attributed the work to Lucas de Heere, a Netherlandish painter who worked in Paris and at Fontainebleau between 1559 and 1561, and in London after 1567. Research suggests that the sitters may, in fact, be the minions (or boyfriends) of French King Henry III (1551-1589).