Hans Holbein the Younger Portrait of a Nobleman with a hawk
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Hans Holbein made refined portraits that are good likenesses, without detracting from the dignity of his subject. This made his paintings very popular with the English aristocracy.
According to the inscription, this anonymous man is 28 years old. His fine clothing and gold rings lead us to believe that he belonged to the upper classes. This is further confirmed by the bird of prey.
Hans Holbein the Younger (Augsburg 1497/1498 - 1543 London)
Portrait of a Nobleman with a hawk
24.6 x 18.8 cm
Dated and inscription
upper left and right: 15 / 42 / .ANNO . ETATIS . / SVÆ. XXVIII
on the verso: The Man[n]er of Holbein on a piece of paper
King Charles I, London, until 1649; King Charles II, London; King James II, London, 1666/67-1688; King-Stadholder William III, London, after 1688; Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, 1713; Prince William V, The Hague, until 1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822