Portrait of a Young Man
Portrait of a Young Man

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Portrait Of A Young Man

Schäufelein, Hans, the elder (German, 1472-1540)


Hans Schäufelein was active in Albrecht Dürer's Nuremburg workshop from around 1503 until 1507, working alongside him as both a painter and a designer of woodcuts. Painted in 1504, this portrait of an unidentified 24-year-old man is Schäufelein's earliest dated work. In it, he ably emulates Dürer's distinctive portrait style. A false Dürer monogram was painted on the young man's shirt at a later date.

The portrait probably commemorates the marriage of the sitter, who holds a sprig of eryngium, a spiny herb symbolic of success in love.

Object Information

artist
Schäufelein, Hans, the elder (German, 1472-1540)
creation date
1504
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
17-1/2 x 12 in.
36 x 24 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
inscribed on top: 1504 ALT 23 | inscribed on shirt: A
accession number
2004.159
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors