Portrait of a Young Man

Creation date
oil on panel
Mark Descriptions
inscribed on top: 1504 ALT 23 | inscribed on shirt: A
17-1/2 x 12 in. 36 x 24 in. (framed)
Credit line
The Clowes Collection
Accession number
Currently On View

Hans Schäufelein was active in Albrecht Dürer's Nuremburg workshop from around 1503 until 1507, working alongside him as both a painter and a designer of woodcuts. Painted in 1504, this portrait of an unidentified 24-year-old man is Schäufelein's earliest dated work. In it, he ably emulates Dürer's distinctive portrait style. A false Dürer monogram was painted on the young man's shirt at a later date.

The portrait probably commemorates the marriage of the sitter, who holds a sprig of eryngium, a spiny herb symbolic of success in love.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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