Att. to Lucas de Heere (ca. 1534-84):
'Triple Profile Portrait', ca. 1570
This stunning and unusual portrait is not as it appears.
The figures outfitted in fashionable costume are men-not women.
Adding to the painting's intrigue, 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)