Portrait of a Doctor

Ludger tom Ring the younger (German, 1522-1584)

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Ludger tom Ring's output consists almost entirely of still lifes and portraits of stolid German burghers and their families. The man portrayed in this work is a doctor, a fact clearly conveyed by the books in his library, authored by Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius and others.

The inclusion of a skull and an hourglass, common in Northern Renaissance portraits, is meant as a reminder of the brevity of life and the fleeting nature of worldly pursuits, including the intellectual endeavors of the physician.

Object Information

Ludger tom Ring the younger (German, 1522-1584)
creation date
about 1572
oil on panel
16-3/8 x 11-3/8 in.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Booth Tarkington
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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