Hans Holbein the Elder was one of the first artists who systematically used models. These included dignitaries from Augsburg such as the members of the Fugger family: Anton Fugger, the nephew of the banker Jakob Fugger the Rich, was born in 1493. In 1525 he joined the Fugger trading company and took over its leadership in 1532 and expanded until his death in 1560 even into the New World.


  • Title: Anton Fugger
  • Creator: Hans Holbein the Elder
  • Date Created: c. 1510–15
  • Physical Dimensions: 13.6 × 9.1 cm
  • Technique and Material: Silverpoint on reddish prepared paper, reworked with pen and ink and heightened with white
  • Provenance: Old inventory
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 2520
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Dietmar Katz; Text © cat. no. 103 / Michael Roth
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1460–65 Augsburg–1524 Basel (?)
  • Artist Biography: Holbein, who in 1493 was working with the sculptor Michel Erhart in Ulm and was active in Augsburg, the Alsace, and Basel, was initially influenced by the Early Netherlandish painters and Martin Schongauer. From 1510 onward Italianate elements can be found in his paintings. In addition to altarpieces, some of which are in large formats, the father of Ambrosius and Hans Holbein the Younger left behind a large number of outstanding portrait drawings.

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