Portrait of a Young Man

Hans Schäufelein the Elder (German, 1472-1540)

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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 23-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

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at aschlagenhauff@discovernewfields.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Hans Schäufelein the Elder (German, 1472-1540)
creation date
oil on panel
17-1/2 x 12 in. (panel)
approximately 36 x 24 x 2 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Inscribed, across top: 1504 ALT 23
Inscribed, on shirt: A
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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