Published: May 30, 2019

Portrait of the merchant George Gisze (1532) Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of the merchant George Gisze (1532) Hans Holbein the Younger
The merchants of the Renaissance had enormous gravitas and respect in society. In front of us is a portrait of a German merchant Georg Gisze. The merchant is depicted in his office, in a familiar setting, which the artist painted wooden walls, bookshelves, expensive carpet on the table and a modest bunch of flowers in a vase in some detail.
But objects do not clutter up the space of the picture and do not obscure the main thing the image of the merchant himself. His clothes are evidence of Georges material well-being, his posture is full of dignity and prideful calm.

In the picture, the artist acts as a great colourist. The portrait is written in a harmonious combination of green, black, pink and yellowish shades. Silky shirt, carpet on the table, flowers in a vase are masterfully painted.

Over the head of Georg is an inscription, which the artists often made in that epoch: The picture that you see here has the features and appearance of Georg, such living eyes, such cheeks has he. In the year of his the age of 34, in the year of the Lord, 1532.



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