The Nuremberg patrician Jakob Muffel belonged to the urban elite and held the office of mayor in 1502 and 1514. He was a friend of his exact contemporary Dürer, from whom he must have ordered this portrait shortly before dying in the spring of 1526. It is one of Dürer’s last portraits and shows his monumental late style. Starting out from a portrait drawing that has not survived, the painter powerfully modeled the plasticity of the head and the prominent relief of the facial features. At the same time, Dürer traced the most delicate details of the physiognomy and brilliantly brought out the qualities of the various surfaces, such as the sparkling eyes, the soft, dense fur, and the starched shirt.