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Portrait of a Nobleman with a Hawk, 1542 (oil on panel)

Portrait of a Nobleman with a Hawk, 1542 (oil on panel)


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Portrait of a Nobleman with a Hawk, 1542 (oil on panel)

5672015 Portrait of a Nobleman with a Hawk, 1542 (oil on panel) by Holbein the Younger, Hans (1497/8-1543); 24.6x18.8 cm; Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands; (add.info.: According to the inscription, this anonymous man is 28 years old.); German, out of copyright

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This portrait, titled "Portrait of a Nobleman with a Hawk" transports us back to the year 1542. Painted by the renowned artist Holbein the Younger, this oil on panel masterpiece measures 24.6x18.8 cm and is currently housed in Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands. The focal point of this composition is undoubtedly the nobleman himself, whose identity remains unknown but his age revealed through an inscription as 28 years old. Dressed in an exquisite European costume typical of that era, he exudes elegance and sophistication. His beard and mustache add to his distinguished appearance while emphasizing his status within society. What truly sets this portrait apart is the presence of a majestic bird perched upon the nobleman's gloved hand - a hawk. This symbolizes both power and nobility, highlighting not only the man's aristocratic lineage but also his prowess as a hunter. Holbein masterfully captures every intricate detail from the folds of fabric in his attire to each ring adorning his fingers - perhaps made of gold or other precious materials befitting someone belonging to upper-class society. As we gaze at this remarkable painting from centuries past, we are transported into an era where artistry met opulence and where even anonymous individuals were immortalized for their beauty and grandeur.

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