• Portrait of a Young Man

    Artist:
    Holbein, Ambrosius, ca. 1495-ca. 1519
    Technique:
    oil and tempera on panel
    Dimensions:
    44x32,5 cm

Holbein, Ambrosius, ca. 1495-ca. 1519

Portrait of a Young Man

Germany, 1518

The Hermitage portrait is one of the last works of an artist who died very young – the older brother of the famous Hans Holbein the Younger. Works by Ambrosius Holbein are very rare in museum collections. This Portrait of a Young Man is the only one reliably attributed to the artist. In the late 19th century the initials AHB, standing for “Ambrosius Holbein Basiliensis [of Basle]”, were discovered at the bottom of the picture beneath the frame. The identity of the subject is not known. There is a monogram on his beret, but it has not been deciphered. However, the young man’s rich clothing and his weapon indicate that he held a high position in society. The influence of Italian Renaissance art can be detected in the portrait, but the German artist tends to pay greater attention to individual features in the model’s appearance. Ambrosius Holstein’s painting was marked by a somewhat dry manner of execution. The architectural background is rendered in a way reminiscent of ornamental prints.

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Portrait of a Young Man

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Technique:

oil and tempera on panel

Dimensions:

44x32,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Transferred to the Hermitage from the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-685

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