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Portrait of Unknown Lady

Holbein, Hans, the younger (German, 1497-1543)


Johann Nepomuk Wilczek, known as Count Hans Wilczek [1837-1922], Schloss Kreuzenstein, near Vienna, Austria; {1} (E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York); G.H. A. [George Henry Alexander] Clowes [1877-1958], Indianapolis, in 1934; {2} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, since 1958; on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Clowes Fund, since 1971 (C10049); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2014.

{1}See letter from the art historian William Suida to G.H.A. Clowes, dated 22 January 1949 in IMA Clowes Archive. The Silberman brothers were known to have purchased many items from the “private museum” of Count Wilczek at Schloss Kreuzenstein; see An Exhibition of Paintings, E. and A. Silberman Galleries for the benefit of the Research Fund of Art and Archaeology, The Spanish Institute, New York, 1955, p. 7 (introduction by Daniel Catton Rich).
All Wilczek records were lost during WWII, according to correspondence with a Wilczek heir in May 2014.
{2}See purchase agreement, dated 2 December 1934, in IMA Clowes Archive.

Object Information

artist
Holbein, Hans, the younger (German, 1497-1543)
creation date
about 1538
materials
chalk and watercolor on tinted paper
dimensions
14-1/2 x 11-3/4 in.
19-5/8 x 16-1/4 in. (framed)
accession number
2014.91
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors