HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)

Portrait of Jakob Meyer zum Hasen

Silverpoint, red chalk, and traces of black pencil on white coated paper, 281 x 190 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

Holbein used this silverpoint drawing as a preparatory study for his portrait of Jakob Meyer. The close connection with the painted panel picture is emphasized by the colour notes in the top left corner, which refer, for example, to Meyer's black eyes and red cap. As is typical of Holbein's economical graphical style, the face is studied in great detail, whereas the clothing is indicated with just a few well-defined strokes, and the architectural setting is omitted altogether.