Portrait of a Young Man & Design with 3 scriptural subjects by Ambrosius Holbein

1) Portrait of a Young Man, originally attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger, now however it is given instead to his tragically short-lived older brother, Ambrosius.

Details

Medium:
1) brush drawing in grey & black wash, touched with red chalk & pen & brown ink; 2) Indian ink on a dark background heightened with white chalk
Dimensions:
1) 14.8 x 12.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£800 ( Total: £800)
Acquired in:
1926
Vendor:
Kerrich family

As this work reveals, Ambrosius treats his portraits with great sensitivity and refinement. Presumably this piece was intended to be a finished work of art rather than a study for a painting. 2) Design with images of Lot and his Daughters, Intoxication of Noah and Judith and Holofernes in a Renaissance frame.

Provenance

Collection of Thomas Kerrich.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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