Portrait of a Man in Front of a Rose Hedge
Portrait of a Man in Front of a Rose Hedge

Portrait of a Man in Front of a Rose Hedge

Hans Baldung (German, 1484-1545)

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Hans Baldung was arguably the most talented of Albrecht Dürer's many pupils. He was a journeyman in the Dürer workshop between 1503 and 1507, exactly the same years as Hans Schäufelein.

This portrait was painted about 1512, shortly after Baldung established himself as an independent artist in Strasbourg. The identity of the sitter is unknown, but his green brocade sleeve and fur collar attest to his wealth. The rose bushes behind him provide another clue and may even be a visual pun on the man's name. More generally, the inclusion of roses in portraits is often intended as a reference to youth.

Prince Metternich, Geneva, Switzerland; {1}
Metternich family, by descent, Geneva;
(Frederick Mont and Newhouse Galleries, New York) by 1950;
Private collection, United States;
(Newhouse Galleries, New York);
Purchased by Mrs. G.H.A. Clowes [1886-1967], Indianapolis, in 1964;{2}
By descent to Allen Whitehill Clowes [1917-2000], Indianapolis, in 1967;
His bequest to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 2001 (2001.239).
{1} See Gert von der Osten, Hans Baldung Grien: Gemälde und Dokumente, Berlin 1983, catalogue no. 20.
{2} Invoice from Newhouse Galleries, dated 23 October 1964, in IMA Historical File (2001.239).

Object Information

Hans Baldung (German, 1484-1545)
creation date
oil on wood
approximately 14-3/16 x 11-1/8 x 3 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Bequest of Allen Whitehill Clowes
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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