This portrait, which was probably produced with the assistance of Christoph Amberger, is a high-quality example of the depiction of commoners during the German Renaissance. Its surviving sliding cover bears the sitter’s coat of arms. Ronner was the Fugger representative first in Bolzano and later in Schwaz (Tirol). The name of the city—“Swats”—is found on the inscription on the letter in his left hand.


  • Title: Wolfgang Ronner
  • Creator: Hans Maler
  • Date Created: 1529
  • Physical Dimensions: 48 × 39 cm
  • Technique and Material: Softwood
  • Provenance: Acquired from the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection in 1828
  • Museum: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Alte Pinakothek, Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds
  • Inv.-No.: WAF 547
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-096417
  • External Link: https://www.pinakothek.de/besuch/alte-pinakothek
  • Copyright: Photo © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München / Sibylle Forster; 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; cat. no. 107 / Andreas Plackinger
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1475–80 Ulm (?)–c. 1526–29 Schwaz (?)
  • Artist Biography: The artist was trained as a painter, possibly under Bartholomäus Zeitblom in Ulm. In the 1520s he was primarily active as a portraitist at the court in Innsbruck, for the nobility of the Tirol, and for businessmen in the city of Schwaz, which was flourishing thanks to the silver trade. His surviving oeuvre comprises around forty portraits, and the sitters include members of the imperial house and the Fugger family of bankers.

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