A Premonstratensian Canon

Possibly after Hans Holbein the Youngerabout 1520

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

An open book, fancy robe, and heavy fur coat suggest that this man, shown kneeling in an abbey, held an elevated status in society. Although his identity is not known, he was probably a member of the abbey's order. A sash cord hangs near the canon's face, drawing attention to his ornate architectural surroundings. A sea god and goddess--symbols of classical learning--celebrate the importance of ancient mythology during the Renaissance. The canon depicted here may have commissioned this glass panel, perhaps inserted in a clear glass window in the abbey, as a form of immortalization.

There are no known surviving stained-glass portraits attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger, who, as a young artist active in Switzerland, often designed stained glass. The subject's intense facial features show intellectual acuity, consistent with Holbein's portraits in oil paint.

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  • Title: A Premonstratensian Canon
  • Creator: Possibly after Hans Holbein the Younger
  • Date: about 1520
  • Location Created: Basel, Switzerland
  • Physical Dimensions: 61 x 52 x 1 cm (24 x 20 1/2 x 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pot-metal and colorless glass, oxide paint, and silver stain; lead came
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Stained glass
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2003.66
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N103
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Swiss
  • Classification: Decorative Arts