Portrait of a Young Man

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on panel
Mark Descriptions
inscribed on top: 1504 ALT 23 | inscribed on shirt: A
Dimensions
17-1/2 x 12 in. 36 x 24 in. (framed)
Credit line
The Clowes Collection
Accession number
2004.159
Collection
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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