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The Sculptor and Medalist Hans Schwarz in Half-Profile to the Right

Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Holbein the Youngerafter 1508

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Hans Schwarz of Augsburg was famous for his medals and medallions. These works were status objects for rich commoners and princes and were widely collected. This silverpoint drawing is appealing for the young Schwarz’s gaze: with pen and brush, Holbein skillfully created highlights and thereby achieved a lifelike depiction of the sitter.

Details

  • Title: The Sculptor and Medalist Hans Schwarz in Half-Profile to the Right
  • Creator: Hans Holbein the Elder
  • Date Created: after 1508
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.4 × 9.9 cm
  • Technique and Material: Silverpoint, reworked with brush and ink and white heightening, on prepared paper
  • Provenance: Old inventory
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 2553
  • 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 © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; Text © cat. no. 104 / Dorothee Wagner
  • 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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