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Sunday, December 27, 2009
same frolic, different century
However, this portrait dates from 1538, an oil on wood panel of Madam Cleophea Holzhalb by the 16th-century Swiss artist Hans Asper. Asper was sort of a "grandpupil" of Albrecht Durer, having studied with Durer's own student Hans Leu, and you may see that late-Gothic look in this portrait. There's no background setting to take your reference away from the sitter, who is posed in three-quarter view and portrayed in heavy outline. Remember Durer's hare portrait? Same sort of treatment.
Cleophea's last name means "wood half" if translated literally from the German. How fascinating. I wonder why.